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I'm NUTTY for Nutter Puffs Popchips!

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Popchips. What did you crave when you were pregnant? Or not pregnant!? I mean I have been craving things since I was 12 years old. Holy smokes I’m ADDICTED to nutter puffs Popchips. They have become my new craving and new obsession this pregnancy. I’m currently devouring the peanut butter & chocolate as I type this post. I already finished up all the bags of peanut butter that I had… true story. Want a chance to win $1K with their Spread the Cheer sweepstakes? Keep reading!!

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My husband crawled into bed the other night with a bag of the peanut butter and I yelled at him for stealing my snacks, then I felt bad and I agreed to share with him. He ate the whole bag, I got upset again after that!! How amazing is this, aside from Popchips being non GMO, gluten free, only 130 calories per serving, made with real peanut butter, and 5 grams of protein per serving, in the spirit of the holiday season, nutter puffs is partnering with The Art of Elysium limited edition holiday packaging, available at selected retailers, to ‘spread the cheer’ and give back! Yup, that’s right folks, The Art of Elysium is a non-profit organization that helps communities in need by providing support & healing through creative expression. The Art of Elysium believes in happiness, freedom and self-empowerment through art and self-expression. One of the many reasons I was so excited to team up with them this holiday season. Popchips nutter puffs will be giving away $1k to 5 winners to use towards their holiday shopping. I’m so excited about this. Popchips nutter puffs will also donate $1k to The Art of Elysium on behalf of each winner. How much more do you love this company now?! Visit nutter puffs HERE for your chance to enter!

This healthy snack is amazing. I feel like anyone who turns a corner in our house will find me shoving my face with these.

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Friends, you know I only promote products I have tried and believe in and this is one I highly recommend. My favorite healthy snack option right now, and I’m proud to stand by a brand that gives back in any way! Your kids will love these too!!

NOÉMIE

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It’s been a hard month with a lot of scary health news and to be totally honest, I have been in the dumps the last week. Feeling a lot of feelings and also pretty sick on top of it all. I have always collected rings over the years. They symbolize moments and memories for me. I have been searching for two rings that I could wear next to my wedding rings on my pinky and one to wear between the rings I always wear on my right hand. I was really excited to learn about NOÉMIE for many reasons but the number one being they guarantee the finest quality fine jewelry, at the fairest prices. I wanted one ring to represent my strength and the other to remind me of my roots. I fount the Petite Diamond Band for my pinky to represent my strength. I have felt a bit helpless lately and forget how strong I truly am. Heck, I gave birth to a human and lived! Now that is some strength! This ring would have looked amazing stacked with my wedding bands but I really wanted a pinky ring that I could also wear as a half ring when I’m feeling super trendy and hip. I’m so happy I got the pinky ring. I love that all their rings come in every size from 1-15 so I had this option.

Becoming a new mother has been the greatest experience of my life and has also had me questioning myself a lot. I have lost myself in the last year and I’m trying to find the new Vanessa. I know the free spirited hippie is still in me somewhere who loves all things vintage. When I came across the Vintage Diamond Band I knew I had to have it. This is my reminder of my roots. Every time I look down at this ring, I feel a part of me come back and that brings me joy. This ring would make the most stunning wedding band ever if you are on the hunt. I love how it looks like it could have been my great grandmothers band and it goes perfect with my other rose gold rings that I wear as other reminders to myself.

I am thrilled to partner with Noémie now that I have found my special rings. It isn’t often that they offer discounts on top of their already incredible prices. They have given me the chance to offer 50% off your purchase using my code VANESSA50. I think I may have to go and grab myself something for my mom with this code! If you are already thinking of holiday gifts, Noémie has beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and of course stunning rings. I think my next piece will be their beautiful “Mama” bracelet! They have engagement rings too! Thank you Noémie for the opportunity to partner together. I will forever cherish my rings.

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Graphic Tee's Dress Up or Dress Down

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Hey friends! It's been a minute since I have written a blog post. I've been traveling a bit and trying to spend as much time with my son and family as possible. I find balance very difficult! I wish I was one of those moms who knew how to juggle work and family better but I'm not. My son is currently sleeping and I'm attempting a post!

Ever since I became a mother, I find I'm not taking any time for myself! Ha! Go figure! Can you parents relate? I have hardly any beauty appointments and spend most days in the clothes I went to sleep in. I made a promises to myself about two weeks ago that every day I would put an outfit on before I leave the bedroom. I still want to make an effort to look pretty and show I care even if that means a graphic Tee and my hair thrown up in a messy bun. I feel like when I have clothes on, I'm able to do more and I'm motivated to take on the day. It's kinda like making the bed every morning. Even though we get back in it every night, making the bed feels like I accomplished something and it feels good. It's also nice to look at!

Throwing on an outfit looks a lot different now days. I don't have the time to try and figure out an outfit, so having a few staples in my closet that I always go to and can mix and match makes my life so much easier and makes putting clothes on a lot less stressful.

I think everyone needs a fun graphic Tee in their closet. They are mom friendly, meaning every time I bend over to pick something up my son drops, I'm not flashing anyone, and they are so comfy and can be word dressed up, or dressed down!

I found a line by a company called Life Clothing Co that has the cutest tees around. I love them because they are made so well and you can tie them in a knot (which is super in style right now) or wear them without a knot and they look cute both ways.

Notice in these three different outfits, I have the same shoes on and the same graphic tee! I mixed and matched my bottoms and added a kimono in one, and a blazer in another! I find adding a fun hat changes your entire look and can dress up any outfit and also hides horrible mom hair and roots that haven't been touched up in weeks!

Look Number 1

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In this first look I'm wearing my graphic tee tied with my favorite high wasted white pants that are on sale right now. You can find them HERE. Along with these white shoes that have become a staple in my wardrobe. They make my legs look long in shorts and look so cute with a cropped pant like the ones above!. Shop my shoes HERE! I added a hat to this look to keep it fun and hide my greys that are coming in. This outfit took 3 minutes to put together. It's casual but you could still get away with wearing this out for drinks!

Look Number 2

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This look is a day and night look. I wore the shorts and tee earlier on with a pair of flip flops and to go out later in the day for a meeting, I threw this blazer on, with my go to white slides, added a long necklace, and my hat. If you are wanting to go a little dressier, try THESE shorts that aren't cut and the look will be even dressier! My blazer is on sale right now and you can shop it HERE!!

Look Number 3

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This last look is almost identical to the look just before this. I added a kimono from Carly Jean because I love a good kimono over anything. I find kimonos can dress up an outfit or dress down a super dressy look. This look is more me than anything. I'm almost always in a kimono. I still have the graphic tee tied and the white shoes give this a dressier look. If I wanted to head to a casual lunch or even the beach, I would kick the slides to the side and throw on a pair of open toe sandals and call it a day!

All of these looks consist of only 7 different items! That includes my hat and necklace. I mix and matched my top with two different bottoms and added a kimono to one look and a blazer to my other look. Simple and easy which is how I try and live my life these days. I think staying in my PJ's is comfy and the easiest but getting up and showing up for myself is really important too. I'm happy to have a few go to pieces that make life simple for me where I don't have to think too hard.

TIP: Keeping a cute blazer that you love and fits well is a wonderful staple. A blazer goes with everything!

Life Clothing CO has great graphic tee's

I also LOVE this tee HERE

Try swapping out the cutoffs for a cute cropped denim like these that are on sale!! Shop them HERE.

If you are looking for a great pair of affordable non cropped shorts. THESE are favorites of mine.

I love ALL the cutoff shorts this line HERE has to offer!!

My white shoes can be shopped HERE.

And my hat can be shopped HERE along many with others!

 

My Top 10 Kimonos For Summer

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If you know me at all, you know you will probably never see me without a kimono on. I try, but I just always go back to them! I love that you can wear the same kimono casual during the day with a cute pair of cropped jeans and flats and then dress it up for a date night with a sexy heel. I wanted to share with you my top 10 kimono picks for this summer.

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I have this kimono in 3 colors and live in them.I dress it up or wear it casual. Makes the perfect cover over a date night dress or jumpsuit.

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Here is the same kimono duster in white. I wore it over a jumpsuit with heels for a date night with the hubs.

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Dress this up at night with a cute colorful pump & cropped black pants!

My Favorite Summer Heel

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& wonderful for fall!

These colors make me so happy.

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Have it in two colors. Perfect for summer & fall.

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I love a kimono that is light weight to wear around during the day but will keep me warm when I run into a restaurant that has the air pumped. I get so annoyed in summer here in Nashville because it's 100 degrees outside and 5o degrees inside everywhere you go. These light weight kimonos are sheer enough to wear during the day and do a nice job of keeping me the perfect temperature in doors.

This Free People kimono jacket is a dream. I love the weight of this one. If you need a jacket but don't want anything too hot, this is perfect for you! I will be wearing this all year long!

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but dresses up perfect for a date night!

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Also comes in black.

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Goes with everything!

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My mustard kimono is back and I am beyond excited!

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Goes with everything and is perfect over a black jumpsuit or dress.

If you love kimonos and wear them often, then you are familiar with picking the right size. New to wearing kimonos? They are made to fit very flowy. I always take a small but can get away with a XS or M if a small is out. The medium fits a bit bigger obviously and the XS can fit a little tighter around the arms. I'm 5 foot 7. I weigh 135 pounds. My shirt size is small. I wear a size 3 or 4. I normally take a 27 in pants. I hope this helps you pick the correct size!

The Perfect Fruit & Cheese Board For Summer

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Hi friends! I am so excited to share these pictures with you. I was recently asked by my friend Tiffany (Tifforelie on Instagram) who is one of the most incredible photographers and a dear friend of mine, to style a shoot she was doing. I was honored that she asked me. This came at such a perfect time for me. I had been asking myself what makes me feel alive other than my son. Styling is something I have always loved to do but hadn't  had the chance to have my work photographed.

The look we were going for was a summer board with a zen vibe. We wanted people to feel like they were with us. The hope was you would feel uplifted just by the looks of the board and want to create your own board to share with friends. I chose greenery and succulents to add texture and dimension. Succulents seem to be everywhere these days, so it was very fitting to use them on my board. Succulents are my favorite. I have them all over my home. I picked up the succulents and the greenery from my local flower mart. I didn't want to add a lot of colors to distract the eye so I kept the pallet more neutral. I picked oranges, cantaloupe, strawberries, lemons, dried apricots, peaches, and grapefruit because they all fell in the color house I was going for. 

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For a board this size, I like to pick three to four different types of cheese that all vary in color and flavor and two or three types of nuts. For this board I used a Merlot cheddar, rosemary cheddar, and Manchego.  I find cutting the cheese up into small blocks looks pretty when you stack them and adds more dimension. Leaving one type of cheese (preferably a firm cheese) cut in small triangles to add texture. I love using Manchego for the triangles and cutting my cheddar's into cubes. Adding a short glass to the center or side of the tray with olives adds even more dimension and separates the board. I used pitted green olives to match my greenery and I wrapped thin sliced proscuitto around long bread sticks for a fun and no mess for the guest look. I used pistachios and two different types of marcona almonds for this board.

Cheese and fruit boards have always been one of my favorite things to put together. I normally do them for fun when we have guests over. I find a fruit and cheese board is the perfect way to gather friends for beautiful conversations. I love to pair a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine with the fruit and cheese board depending on what I am serving on the board.

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Three days after the shoot with Tiffany, I had a guest over to the home for some wine and I wanted to put out a small board. It was only going to be the two of us and I didn't want to waste so I did a small board and added two of the succulents and used some of the greenery I had from the shoot on the board and used cheese and nuts that I had left over. I did only two types of cheese on this board and two types of almonds but added small round rice crackers to this board for more texture but did not use fruit this time. I wanted this to be very simple and easy to put together but still look beautiful and the focal point of the kitchen when she walked into my home.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post! I would love to hear from you and see your board you put together!

My CYBEX Sirona M With SensorSafe 2.0 Review

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This post is brought to you by CYBEX. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.

I have teamed up with CYBEX. to share with you their new convertible car seat, the Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0. Ya'll this car seat is a dream. I'm not lying to you when I say this is our 4th and last car seat we have tried. We started using this seat a month ago when Maverick had just turned 9 months. Maverick loves this one. Not only is this car seat spacious and Mav's favorite, it's my favorite because of all the safety features it has to offer. This car seat has incredible technology that sends alerts to you when your child is put in danger.

Every child is different. Some LOVE a good car ride, in fact the ride may even put your kid to sleep almost immediately, others may not be as lucky. I remember my son screaming for the entire car ride no matter where we would go, no matter what time of day. I noticed the car seats were not comfy enough for my little man. When I tried the Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0, I wanted to cry tears of joy because Maverick did not cry. He loved it. I searched the web for months and months to find the safest car seat because my number one priority is keeping him safe. I'm so excited to share all this car seat has to offer.

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Now that is a happy baby face. We weren't all smiles in the past when it came to car rides. Thanks CYBEX. for making a seat my son loves.

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I will start with my favorite safety features of the new Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0. This car seat was originally developed to prevent the rising number of infant hot car deaths, something I honestly didn't even know was a thing until having a baby. Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 takes it one step further to monitor the well being of the child while the vehicle is in motion. Whaaaaat?! Yes! Whether you accidentally leave your child alone in the car (which I never thought I could ever do until my mom brain kicked in) or the child unbuckles themselves (something to look forward to as they grow up), the essential alert will go off through both the vehicle receiver and the caregiver's cellphone. Remember folks, It is NEVER safe to use your phone while you drive but have no fear the app is not required to receive alerts so you can keep both of your hands on the wheel if your co-pilot is with you.

This little chip that you are about to see installs into your car (super easily) right under the dash and will sync up with the SensorSafe app to send you alerts.

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If you are a parent who puts safety first, then the Cybex car seat is for you. When life gets crazy and I'm running around like a chicken with it's head cut off and my mind is full, I'm so thankful that I have a car seat that will alert me if I make any mistakes along the way that could leave my child in harm. I love that there is an alarm that will sound if it gets too hot. Living in Nashville it is very hot and since I'm in the front seat with all the air in my face, it's hard to tell how warm it is in the back seat. I don't worry about these things now that we are using this car seat.

The new Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 has an energy absorbing shell around the car seat which reduces the impact force felt by the child in a collision. The headrest is adjustable and there are 12 different positions for the height of the headrest. Yes I said 12! I love that the harness will automatically adjust when the headrest is adjusted. Could this seat get any more amazing?! Yup! The Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 is for children weighing 5 pounds all the way up to 65 pounds! So one seat is all you truly need! The seat has a newborn insert so it can be used for newborns.

To the new parent who is expecting and on the hunt for a car seat, I do however suggest when you have a new born to get a car seat for those first few months that you can remove and take them with you wherever you go that does attach to the stroller and CYBEX makes an incredible one. Newborns sleep A LOT in the beginning and getting them in and out of the car seat all day long is no fun.

The  Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0  seat is big and does not hook into a stroller but I think the reason Maverick loves it so much is because he has so much room to move around and doesn't feel trapped. I love that the top part of the straps have a no slide griper on the bottom so they stay in place and they are soft and don't irritate his cheeks which is one issue we had with other car seats in the past. Aside from the CYBEX being an amazing car seat with wonderful features, I love the color of it. I'm not a big fan of dark color seats since they seem to get so much hotter.

This light grey color is perfect for us.

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Thank you again CYBEX for sponsoring this post and introducing us to our favorite car seat!

Best Weekender Bag Ever!

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Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the weekend and got some much needed rest!

I wanted to share with you this incredible overnight bag that I recently found. I have been searching for a bag I can use to bring on quick trips. I realized on my California trip as much as I loved having the extra space using two bags was a pain in the ass.

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This bag by Birdling is wonderful. It was very well thought out. Most bags that would fall into the category of a duffel bag feel like a big black hole where nothing is ever to be found and everything gets mixed up. Not this bag! I love how there are several different compartments and more pockets than I know what to do with, and that is a good problem to have! I took a few pics of the inside of this bag to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

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Aside from all the pockets inside and out, this bag is durable. I feel like I could toss this bag around, throw it in the dirt, get it wet, and it would still hold up. I went with a darker color the washed charcoal weekender because I like to hid dirt and God knows between my husband and my son, this bag is going to get dirty!

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Needless to say, this bag is epic. I'm so excited to finally have a bag that I can use and toss out all of my other over night bags because this one is perfect! I also love my essential kit that I can keep my makeup and toiletry's in. This little bag has amazing compartments as well and what I really love is that I can put makeup on one side and toiletry's on the other side and they wont interfere with each other because the bag is big enough!

If you are in the market for a new over night bag, I highly recommend this one!

Have a great week!

Cheers!

 

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Nad's All Natural Wax Strips!

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Nad's but as I always mention in all my sponsored posts, I only write reviews on products that I have actually tried and I'm able to give an honest review on. #ad

Anyone else forget to shave? Well I most certainly do. I use to shave a few times a week and exfoliate daily when I was trying to land myself a husband.  Now that my shower time is limited, the last thing I'm thinking about doing while I'm in the shower is shaving and I can't remember to exfoliate for the life of me. The other day I looked down at my legs while I was working out and I was mildly horrified. Have I totally let myself go now that I'm married and a mother?  Yup.

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I use to wax my "downstairs" area religiously once a month but that became a huge hassle and now I couldn't even imagine setting a time to go get waxed.

I was recently sent Nad's Ultra Smoothing Exfoliating Wax Strips to try and review. What caught my eye with Nad's wax strips was the buff & wax 2-in-1 which exfoliates and leaves the skin silky and soft up to 4 weeks while removing the hair. The strips smell so yummy too. The wax is naturally infused with grapefruit and pomegranate extract to effectively remove the shortest hairs for those salon results we all want. The wax is non irritating and pulls the hairs out from the root which is so important to have any true effect. I also love that the product is 100% VEGAN and 100% CRUELTY-FREE! I must say, wax is wax and it stings a bit when you get waxed but something about doing it myself, hurt a little less for some reason.

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I have extremely sensitive skin and exfoliating always makes my skin red and irritated. I long for smooth skin, especially in the cold, dry winter months here in Nashville. These wax strips have been a game changer for me in removing those unwanted hairs in my bikini area and leaving me smooth and silky with no irritation.

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If I may be 100% honest with you, I'm totally a hairy human. I will never forget when I was 24 years old flying with my boyfriend at the time on a daytime flight. It was very bright and I had the isle seat and he had the window. I looked at him and into the extremely bright window light. He had a weird look on his face and told me I had a mustache. It was blond but very much there.  I became so self-conscious of that stash and started buzzing my upper lip soon as I got home with a nose hair buzzer and have been doing it ever since. I decided to try waxing my upper lip so I wouldn't have to buzz as much! These strips make that super easy since I don't have to go get it done at a salon.

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My pictures are of me trying a small area on my legs because I didn't want to accidentally flash the camera while getting rid of those bikini line hairs  but I do recommend this product for anyone looking for a quick and super easy way to get rid of unwanted hairs that you would like to keep away longer than what a shave job would do. Plus you are exfoliating big time with these strips so you're killing two birds with one stone!

I hope this review was helpful and made you laugh a little!

Cheers!

My First Motherhood Podcast!

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It was an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to share my birth story on the Motherbirth podcast . This is my first podcast speaking on motherhood where I share my birth story in more detail, my struggle with gestational diabetes, postpardum depression, and why working with a Doula was life changing for us.

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I loved being interviewed for this podcast and sharing more on where I'm at postpartum and what I went through during my pregnancy and what my birth was like. My hope is that if you are pregnant, a new mother, or even a mom of three and looking to connect and relate with where you're at in your pregnancy or postpartum, that you find something in my podcast interview that does just that.

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I'm not a health professional just sharing my experience. I wanted to personally thank Mellisa Reeves and Laura Rice who are the co-founders of Motherbirth Podcast for having me on the show. It was such a pleasure to chat with you ladies and thank you Betsy Miller for connecting me with these gals and for being such a rock in my life since the day I met you.

You can find listen to my podcast interview HERE

Download it on itunes HERE

And find the ladies on Instagram HERE

Be sure to subscribe to their blog and connect with them on social media to help reach more mamas!

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My healthy boy Maverick is just about to turn 7 moths! I'm thankful every single day for him and would do it all over tomorrow.

The book I mention in my podcast interview on Gestational Diabetes is called Real Food For Gestational Diabetes. If you have gestational diabetes and are looking for some good recipes you can visit an older blog post of mine HERE or my gestational diabetes recipe board on Pinterest HERE!!

I shared a little bit about Onsite Workshops at the end of my interview. If you are interested in finding out more about what they have to offer you can do so HERE.

The last thing I will say is if you think you may be depressed and are suffering from postpartum depression, you are not alone. This is such a common thing that so many woman let go untreated and miss out on joy with their children because of it.  Please don't ever feel shame in asking for help. There are so many different ways you can seek help. Finding a good healthcare provider who can direct you to someone you can talk with could really help where you are at!

Sending you lots of love and thank you for reading and listening!

Valentines Day Anyone?

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Flowers? Jewelry? Candy? Pampering products? Valentines Day anyone??

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Simply Summer's Eve.

I use to be the girl who insisted on date night, hoped for flowers and a great gift but never made a stink about it, and always got dressed up to the T for Valentines day. That has changed a lot over the last few years and even more so now that I'm a mom. I would much rather grab a really nice bottle of red wine and chill on the couch with some fantastic takeout and binge watch our favorite show.

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Summer's Eve recently conducted a survey on how woman really feel about Valentines day. This survey was conducted by Wakefield Research. They interview 1000 woman 18 years and older. Did you know that survey results found that 62% of woman view getting intimate as a priority on Valentines Day? Millennial's (74%), are especially eager to get it on, compared to older generations. So glad I'm of the older generation (insert laugh cry face). When it comes to the great debate of going out or staying in, a majority of woman (58%) would rather skip the crowds and spend Valentines Day at home chilling out rather than on an extravagant date.

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I must say I do love to feel pretty and fresh regardless if I'm home or out and I will be freshening up with my favorite Summer's Eve products, doing my hair and makeup so I look pretty for my husband, and getting out of my pj's but I will most likely be spending the Hallmark Holiday at home in the arms of my husbs and hanging with our little bundle of love, and our dog Dakota. If my husband could give me the perfect gift aside from more diamonds (kidding, kinda) that would include a spa day or anything relaxing along with a bunch of fun pampering products for me to try once our son has gone to bed!

I have been using Summer's Eve products since I was 15 and learned I couldn't use just any soap. I needed a good PH soap because I'm allergic to EVERYTHING. Their products are free from dyes, alcohol, and parabeans, for a gentle clean. They have both cloths and cleansers! I love their cloths for traveling!! I'm excited to share that they have a fantastic promotion running at the moment but you need to act fast because it ends tomorrow!! If you purchase any 2 Summer's Eve products, get a FREE beauty treatment or Fitness Experience. Find out more about the special offer by clicking HERE. This may include but is not limited to manicure, pedicure, blowout, hair style, haircut, yoga, gym class, pilates class, nutritional consultation, Zumba class, or personal training!!

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If you are in a jam and forgot Valentine's Day is only two days away, this could be a cute basket idea along with the gift of pampering!!

Breakfast Bars & Bullet Proof Coffee!

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Cold weather can feel so discouraging for me because the last thing I want to do is get outside and be active when it's snowing. I have been spending a lot of time inside the last few weeks finding new recipes and baking.

I was on a mission to increase my breast milk supply and I found a recipe that has helped a LOT!

I'm so excited to share with you these incredibly yummy and easy and quick breakfast bars that I have been keeping in the fridge. If you are breastfeeding you will want to be sure and get on this asap as long as you don't have an allergy to peanuts! 

Oats have been known to help with milk supply and I am proof that oats work. I was really worried that my milk was running out. I have been keeping Maverick on my boob all day long because supply and demand is one of the top ways to increase the supply so I hear. I did all sorts of research and tried a bunch of different things that didn't really work. When I started eating a lot of oats, the milk came! I was so sick of oatmeal and putting oats on my yogurt. I wanted to find a tasty way to keep oats in the fridge so I could eat them all day long!

These breakfast bars have been what I am snacking on all through the day. I dream about them they are so good. I have a good size bar for breakfast along with my eggs. They take maybe 7 minutes to make and there is no baking required! And they are healthy!

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INGREDIENTS

1 Cup all natural no sugar added creamy peanut butter I LIKE THIS ONE

1/2 Cup Honey

3 Cups old fashion organic quick oats I LIKE THIS ONE

1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Melt the peanut butter and honey together on stove top at medium heat for about a minute or until ingredients becomes smooth. If you are using a microwave, cook for 30 seconds then stir then cook again for 30 more seconds. Combine oats and cinnamon with warm peanut butter and honey mixture. Stir well until ingredients becomes thick.

2. Spoon into a 9x9 no stick pan and press into pan. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before eating!

NOTES

Be sure you get quick oats! Bars become soft at room temp so I recommend keeping them in the refrigerator.

If you want to add natural dark chocolate to your bars add 1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces to your peanut butter and honey mix and stir until all chocolate chips are melted and continue with next steps above!

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Nothing goes better with breakfast bars than a frothy latte. I had been hearing about bullet proof coffee for years now and all the health benefits that go along with it (some more info on it here) but for some reason I had not tried it until today. Friends..... life changing. I mean I had one sip and my lips did a happy dance. It's been about three hours since I had it and I have not had a crash yet. I usually get a lot of energy after I drink my coffee in the morning and then about 30 minutes to 1 hour later I crash hard and feel like I need another cup. I was told the way the bullet proof coffee works allows your body to process the caffeine different and you don't have a crash and don't need another cup, although you will want one because it tastes so darn good. 

If you are a person who likes to skip breakfast this is really for you! I love breakfast and still believe after all the different fads that have come and gone, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some people just can't do breakfast in the morning but will have a cup of coffee  on an empty stomach. Talk about a nice way to burn a whole in your tummy! ALl that acid! Yikes! Bullet proof coffee is a wonderful addition to your life and gets your metabolism going and will help coat your tummy if you don't eat!

Here is how I made mine this morning. I added a few other things to mine. There are all different ways to make it. The recipe I found called for MCT oil which I don't have but will be purchasing.  I used coconut oil instead. You can find the oil at the bullet proof coffee site HERE. Here is how I made mine this morning.

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil

2 tbsp Kerrygold butter

12 oz coffee

2 dashes of cinnamon

1 teaspoon honey

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Brew a cup of coffee using any brewing method you like. I grind my beans and then do a slow drip and made mine fairly strong.

2. Add butter, oil, coffee, honey, and cinnamon to blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds and ENJOY!

I am so excited to see how you like yours after you make it! Please let me know!!

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Lean Clean Green Babbleboxx Roundup

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Being a new mom is the most wonderful experience in the world. It's been a game changer in all areas of my life, including my personal hygiene. I'm sure if you are a mother and reading this you know what I mean when I say that! I have a lot less time to worry about myself and take care of me.

I love getting products sent to me to try, especially if they have to do with health and body. I feel like I don't have the time to take care of me as much as I use to now that I have a son who is my top priority. I was recently sent a box from Babbleboxx. They sent me a box of clean green goodies to try and review. It was like Christmas morning when I opened the box. Over the last few weeks I have been using all the products and wanted to share what they sent and how much I love all the products. I will let you know, this is a sponsored post but everything I write is how I feel about the products and I don't review a product unless I have been using it for at least two weeks. I don't promote a product I don't believe in either. Here is my roundup on the Lean Clean Green Babbleboxx I recieved!

The Waterpik: PowerPulse Massage Shower Head + YAT 963 Chrome PowerSpray + Hand Held Shower Head

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My husband and I have been really unhappy with our shower head that came with our home and I haven't had the chance to get out and grab a new one because I wouldn't even know where to begin. I was recently given the Waterpik powerpulse massage shower head + Chrome PowerSpray + Hand Held Shower Head to try and let me tell you we LOVE it. The main issue we were having with out previous shower head is it did not have enough water pressure, now with our waterpik shower head, we not only have a lot more force in our shower, we have a shower head with a shower massage which I'm really loving. The hand held shower head has 9 different spray setting options and the shower head has 2x the power of other shower heads that are on the market!!

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We love the handheld so we can wash our dog and it has come in handy giving our son quick showers! We didn't realize how much we missed that when we moved. It's easy to install and looks nice in our shower! My husband has finally stopped complaining about the water pressure not being strong enough and I no longer need to take super long showers to get all the shampoo and conditioner out of my hair, what mother has time to take anything longer than a 5 minute shower anyways! To find out more about this product you can learn about the shower head  HERE and learn about the hand held HERE.

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CW Hemp : Hemp infused oil, cream, and balm

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I'm a big stickler for non-gmo, gluten free, cruelty free, and PBA-free products. It is SO hard to find a product that meets all of these so I was happy to find Charlotte's Web products because they do. I was very excited to try these products because of this. Not only have these products made a difference on my skin, they smell divine. Hemp extract is so good for your skin and I'm all about safety when it comes to wellness so using safe products is very important to me. The Charlotte's Web balm smells so good I could breath it in all day long. I like putting a dab of it under my nose and I put a little on my sons chest recently when he was stuffed up to help him breath better. It feels great when I rub it on my sore spots which is basically my entire body being a new mother. The Hemp infused cream is wonderful. It soaks into my hands immediately. The cream smells minty and has been helpful this winter since my hands and feet are extremely dry. It soothes and leaves my hands very soft. I have yet to try the Everyday Plus infused oil in mint chocolate because I'm still breastfeeding but my husband tried it and loved it. I can not wait to taste it once the babe is off the boob. To learn more about the products visit CW Hemp HERE. Use my discount BABBOXIMAHVSKQBQUY code for 10% off. This offer expires February 15, 2018. 

Casio: G-Shock S Series Step Tracker (GMAS 130)

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Being a new mother has had me off my exercise routine for a long time now. I'm running around like a crazy woman half the day but that doesn't mean I'm getting the proper amount of exerciser for my own good. I have learned I'm not getting enough steps in thanks to my new step tracker. I was a tad sad to find out I was seriously lacking in that department but I'm happy to have this awesome woman's timepiece to help get me back on track. I really like the way it looks too. It's a watch and tracks my steps. It has a light on it that I love because I never know what time it is now that I don't ever know where my phone is.

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I breastfeed at night a lot and don't have a clue so this has been helpful as well. The G-Shock is water resistant so I can use it while giving my little munchkin a bath and it's shock resistant so I can run my arm into the changing table all day and not worry about it breaking! It kinda shields my wrist from getting whacked! Hahahahah. The watch is affordable for all it has to offer! Learn more about the G-Shock S Series Step Tracker  HERE.

The Synergy Company: Organic Matcha Power

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I think it was my sister who first got me into Matcha years ago. I was drinking matcha lattes and teas and then let years go by where I wasn't having them only because I forgot. It's really hard to take the time to make a latte as a new mother but I still want the benefits of matcha. Pure Synergy has my cure and it's so easy! Organic Matcha Power is in capsule form and gets the trick done with a gulp of water instead of the hassle of a latte! I'm really excited about the organic matcha power which is packed with organic vitamins and the most beneficial form of Japanese green tea. My memory has left me since I became a mother and matcha has been linked to memory support, cell protection, and a whole lot of other health benefits. Oh did I mention it helps with weight management? Yup! God knows I could use that right now! Learn more about The Synergy Company HERE.

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If you have time to make a Matcha latte at some point in your life, which I highly suggest because they are so yummy and so healthy, this is how you make one! (Recipe below) The company also offers a powder form of Matcha! I highly recommend getting both the capsules and the powder! If you want the health benefits quick and fast and don't have time for a latte make sure to get the capsules.

Try This Recipe:

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, almond milk, or regular milk (I love coconut milk)

1 teaspoon Matcha powder

Agave syrup to taste

  • Bring 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, or cow's milk to a bare simmer in a small pot over medium-high heat.

  • Place 1 teaspoon matcha powder in a heatproof cup. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup boiling water, then almond milk, tipping cup slightly to help create more foam. Sweeten with agave syrup.

Primal Life Organics: All Natural Peppermint Toothpowder and Charcoal Ion Toothbrush

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Well this couldn't have come at a better time. I swear on my left foot that I was JUST looking at my teeth before I was sent this package and thinking how I have to bleach my teeth they look GOD AWFUL they are so yellow. I have upped my coffee intake since Maverick came along and my teeth are paying the price. I swear to you the first time I used the charcoal ion toothbrush

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I noticed my teeth were whiter. I had heard about charcoal working to help whiten teeth but I didn't believe it until I tried this. I love that the all natural toothbrush which is infused with charcoal, binds and removes stains so I don't have to put a bunch of charcoal in my mouth and brush! I could just picture myself with a mouth full of charcoal praying I don't swallow it.  No mess and easy to use. The product detoxifies and also strengthens the teeth! The brush is so cute too. It's a wooden looking handle with black bristles. This makes dental care so much more fun!  You can recieve 20% off by using my discount code PLOBOXX217. Visit them HERE to get yours and find out more about the company and the products!

All the opinions expressed above are my own. I want to take a moment to thank Babbleboxx for sending me all of these products. I truly enjoyed trying everything and would buy all these products had they not been sent to me! #BBoxxLCG2018

Cheers!!!

 

 

Get My Quick & Easy Makeup Glow

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Makeup is so fun but having a little one I have found I don't really have time to get dolled up like I use to. I still need to put makeup on before I leave the house mostly because I feel prettier with a little color on my face but I want something quick and easy. Something I could even attempt if my son is in my arms.

During my ski trip I was messaged a lot about what makeup I was wearing that gave me the glow I had in my Instagram stories! I would be totally lying to you if I said it was all my skin. I used a filter that Instagram offered but in all honesty, my skin was really looking the same without the filter and I have to thank my makeup for that. The beauty drops help give the opal glow and my coverup is an amazing full coverage that goes on looking like you don't have makeup on.  If you don't like a dewy look, this is not for you. I love dew and most the makeup I wear has shimmer in it and is dewy to keep me hydrated.

What I'm using:

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I use two products mixed together on my face and then a under eye coverup and a little bronzer and I'm out! Oh and some mascara if I can remember!! Here is what I'm using that is making my skin glow and keeping me protected from the sun and hydrated!

I like to put moisturizer on before I do anything and my favorite that I have been using for years and years that I always go back to even if I try something new is Embryolisse Lait- Creme. It is the best ever!!! I use it morning and night. Demi Moore and her beautiful daughter Rumer Willis were using it when my sister worked with Rumer and got my sis hooked then I got hooked!

The two products I use on my face: It Cosmetics CC cream (I use light) and I mix with a drop of Cover FX Custom Enhance Drops in Celestial.

I blend with this beauty brush HERE

My under eye coverup is Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics and I use the color medium. I find the light to be way too light.

I use Hoola by Benefit for my bronzer and after I put it on I blend again with my foundation brush for a more natural look.

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Getting Healthy After The Holidays

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The holidays are here and that means overloading on food, at least that's how we do it around here. Thanksgiving is basically an all day eating fest with so much unhealthy food and then everyone just lays around in a food coma the rest of the day and into the night and then we eat again. I like to give my body a little prep a day or two before and eat super light and healthy so I don't feel as bad about myself. Taking lots of walks and trying to get back into meditation is top of my list along with eating better. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone we have a little time before the next round of holiday fun.

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After Thanksgiving I try and do a week of really healthy eating where I supplement a meal or two with a super healthy smoothie that is packed with nutrients. Then I do it all over again for Christmas and New Year. I'm trying to have a smoothie every other morning to add some hidden nutrients in like spinach before I start my day. Here are some of my favorite smoothie recipes. Some are great detox recipes and others are a perfect meal supplement.

I have been trying different protein mixes and found 310 Nutrition and have been really enjoying the vanilla flavor. I mix it in a lot of my smoothies for protein and vitamins! Use my code "310flow" at checkout for free shipping.

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Citrus Green Breakfast Smoothies

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk

2 cups spinach

1/2 avocado

1/2 lemon with the skin on

1/2 green apple or red

1 tablespoon flax-seed

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cucumber

1/2 cup ice

1/3 cup mint leaves

Blend well and enjoy!

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Creamy Vanilla Peanut butter Joy

1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

1 scoop 310 vanilla protein powder

1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

1/2 frozen banana

1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter or 2 tablespoons powdered peanut tbutter

1/2 cup ice

Blend & enjoy

If you want to do this for breakfast try adding a shot of espresso

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Breakfast In A Cup

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

1 scoop 310 vanilla protein powder

2 shots espresso

1/2 cup 1 minute oats

1 cup spinach

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 teaspoon flax seed

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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
  • 2 apples seeded, peeled and diced ( I used granny smith)
  • ½ cup gluten free 1 minute oatmeal
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup plain yogurt ( I used Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt)
  • 1 frozen bananas
  • 1 cups ice or 1 more frozen banana

Healthy Morning Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1/2 C Quaker Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats
  • 1 C ice cubes
  • 1 C 1% milk or unsweetened coconut milk**
  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter or peanut butter powder*
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 Tbsp honey (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend and enjoy!!

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Detox Green Smoothie

1 cup coconut water

1 cup spinach

1 cup romaine leaves

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/2 cup celery

1 small pear cored and chopped

1 frozen banana chopped

1 tablespoon fresh mint

1/2 lemon with skin

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

pinch of cayenne

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of turmeric

Try to use all organic ingredients

Blend well and enjoy!

 

Tip: Try freezing your coconut milk or almond milk in ice cube trays and use these instead of ice so your drink is less watery. Using iced coconut milk or almond milk makes for a creamier smoothie!

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Ways To Dress Your Favorite Fall Sweater

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Hey yall! Happy Holiday time! How freaking excited are you for this time of year? I love Thanksgiving and Christmas more than any other holidays around. Sitting by the fire and getting bundled up drinking hot chocolate or hot toddy's and watching holiday movies is the best. 

I also absolutely love the holidays because it means dressing up in cozy sweaters, scarfs, and boots.

I always find myself falling in love with tons of different sweaters that I see other people wearing and then I only end up wearing one or two of them on repeat. I wanted to show you different ways to wear your favorite sweater so you don't feel like you are wearing the same thing every day!

Scarfs can run you a lot less $$$ than a great sweater. Find that favorite sweater that you can't live without. You can shop my favorites throughout this post! Shop my blue scarf from above HERE.

So this sweater with bell arms is my all time favorite and it's only $39. I mean look at how incredible the arms are on this thing!!! This sweater comes in about 5 different colors too!

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I have it in blue (shown above) and rust (shown below). I'm gonna show you how I wore it 3 days in a row with different scarfs, jeans, and hats to change it up.

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Here I'm wearing the rust sweater with my all time favorite flare black jeans (shown above in pic with blue sweater) that are so perfect for new mommy's. They are high rise, stretchy, and so flattering. They make my legs look longer than they are! This look is simple, I pulled a scarf I have had in my closet for a few years that has similar tones it it. I wore black slipper loafers that have fur on them to keep it casual.  This scarf came from Aritzia a few years ago. Shop the jeans HERE. Shop the sweater HERE. Shop the loafers HERE. Shop a similar scarf HERE.

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Here I'm wearing the rust sweater with a more colorful scarf that has a lot of similar tones as the sweater. I'm wearing it with high rise flare blue jeans. These are the same jeans as my black flares but with a zipper instead of all button up. Same exact fit. Stretchy and so comfy. I wore this look with a pair of my favorite mules. Shop the jeans HERE. Shop the sweater HERE. Shop a similar scarf HERE. Shop the mules HERE.

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This last look I'm wearing the rust sweater with a plaid favorite scarf, the high wasted flare jeans, and one of my go to hats. I love hats because they totally change a look and they hide my dirty mom hair. I paired this look with a cute pair of my favorite booties to give the look a more rustic hipster, carefree vibe. Shop the sweater HERE. Shop the jeans HERE. Shop the scarf HERE. Shop the hat HERE. Shop the booties HERE.

 

TIP:

Be sure to have at least 3 or 4 different scarfs you love to mix and match on hand. I find it super flattering to wear layers of similar colors. If you have a blue sweater, finding a scarf with blue tones. It's very appealing to the eye.

You can also go for the layered look and do a cute T with a cozy cocoon cardigan and if you feel up for it add a scarf. Rotating the colors of the T-shirts is a great way to wear the same cardigan a few days in a row. Shop my favorite T HERE.

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I like to live in the same jeans day after day even though I own more jeans than I know what to do with. I have been trying to step outside of the box a little more these days. Forcing myself to wear different styles every day. I suggest having 3 cute favorites. A cute pair of skinnies in blue denim, boyfriend jeans or flares, and a great pair of black skinnies. I LOVE my new black high rise flares. You can find them HERE. I'm wearing a 27 and they are a little loose. I would size down a size. My favorite boyfriend jeans you can shop HERE.

Confidence is everything. When you feel great in an outfit, it shows. Finding that favorite pair of jeans that makes you feel like a million bucks is key. It isn't always about following the trend but finding the jean that fits your body best and is the most flattering. Once you find that pair, maybe grab it in a different color if it's super flattering. I never felt confident in skinny jeans until I found the skinnies I'm wearing shown above. I'd love to hear from you! Send me messages if you have questions or need any help finding the perfect fit for your body! Happy shopping!!

My Healthy Hair Thanks To Zenagen!

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About two months ago I was sent a package of hair products and to be honest, when I received the box my first thought was.... "Great more products that I will probably never use." I put the box in the corner of my closet and had forgotten about it. I was getting my hair colored a few days later and Lacy who colors my hair at Parlor 3 in Nashville was saying I had a lot of breakage. She recommended an all natural product called Zenagen that she said was like miracle growth. The name sounded so familiar. I realized it's the same product I was sent in the mail that was sitting in my closet. She said "You HAVE to use this stuff." She has a client who's hair was growing like a weed from it and she swears by it.

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I couldn't wait to get home and try it. I don't wash my hair very often and I will only rave about a product if I have used it for over two weeks and love it. I have been using this product now for almost two months and I'm noticing a significant difference in the condition of my hair.

My broken hairs are not really noticeable at all anymore and the broken hair all around my hair line has grown out enough to where I don't notice it sticking up like it did when it was freshly broken off. Pregnancy makes everything amazing and then once you have a baby and months go by, hormones drop and life takes a massive toll on the hair and so has my sons firm grip he has recently discovered. He must tear a chunk of hair out a day.

I wanted to be sure I mention that this company did not pay me to talk about their products. They only sent me products to try and didn't even ask me to post about it.

I love these product because they are all natural with not sodium laurel sulfates or chemicals and the products smells wonderful. I'm using the Evolve Treatment which is a shampoo and the Evolve Conditioner after I shampoo. I love them both.

I'm also using the "Boost" thickening volume foam when my hair is wet before I blow dry. I find this to really help lift my roots and make my hair a whole lot fuller looking once I style it.

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I wanted to post about the science behind the product so you can get more of an understanding how and why it works so well!

OUR SCIENCE SHINES.

Conquering Hair Loss at its Roots

A staggering 95% of male and female pattern baldness is caused by the same hormone: dihydrotestosterone or “DHT.” This androgen compound is created when the elusive enzyme known as 5-Alpha Ruductase (5-AR) attaches an extra hydrogen molecule to testosterone, a naturally occurring hormone in both sexes. The DHT created by 5-AR builds up at the follicle matrix, shutting off vital blood circulation and causing the hair to wither and die.

The Zenagen Difference

While most hair loss products focused on topical are absorbed and dissipated in the shallow epidermal layer of the scalp, or even worse irritate the scalp and damage the hair, Zenagen’s proprietary compounds target the hair and scalp environment and underlying causes of hair loss. This scalp and hair optimizing technology has significant benefits for targeting hair loss, hair shedding, thinning hair, age related hair loss and other types of hair loss. This is only available in Zenagen which uses natural components not harsh irritants in product chemistry and manufacturing. This product line is developed to be the best way to achieve professional level hair and scalp benefits including improved hair loss, shedding control, and improved scalp soothing and health.

Ingredient Integrity: Nature is Nurture

Zenagen’s innovative nutraceutical formulas embrace the healing, restorative powers of natural ingredients, with absolutely NO SLS, Parabens or Formaldehyde.

Zenagen Revolve Ingredients:

  • Serenoa Repens: This natural fern leaf extract internationally recognized to biochemically inhibit the formation of DHT—the androgen hormone that causes 95% of hair loss in men and women.
  • Melalecua Oil: Used for centuries as a topical remedy for fungal and bacterial infections, Melaleuca oil cleanses buildup of DHT from the follicle matrix and naturally fends off dandruff and other scalp conditions.
  • Brahmi Mocopairi: Derived from an ancient Asian plant, this powerful herbal compound combats the Oxidative Stress Cascade that can lead to increased hair loss.

Zenagen Evolve Ingredients:

  • Ginger Root: Widely known for its wellness and culinary uses, ginger also promotes blood circulation, invigorating follicles for fuller, thicker, faster-growing hair.
  • Vitis Vinifers: Powerful polypeptides from this moisturizing grape vine extract rejuvenate hair follicles and defend against breakage.

Visit Zenagen's website HERE to find out how you can get your hands on this amazing product!

Before There Was Him There Was Us

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Watching my husband put a dish in the dishwasher has become one of the sexiest things I have ever seen him do. What has my life come to that this turns me on more than anything?

Probably the fact that I'm so exhausted and life begins to feel like groundhogs day. There's a lot more clothes, toys, books, burp pads, blankets, devices to be picked up these days that it seems my love language has changed. It use to be physical touch, and I think it's a close tie but come onnnnnnn, acts of service may have taken the lead since I became a parent. When my husband does the dishes or cooks me breakfast I feel like Maverick may be blessed with a sibling much sooner than we are planning for.

A child is a gift that keeps on giving. A child only knows how to love. If only we could all live like children, that is what the big man upstairs intended for us after all.

Before there was a him.....

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There was us.

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Without an us, there wouldn't be him.

A dear friend of ours said something recently that really hit home for me. He said "Sometimes me and my sweet wife fall into the habit of living like roommates and that's okay. When we find ourselves going there, we talk to each other about it and acknowledge that's where we're at. We don't try to fix it right away, we make some changes to try and get back to each other." Wow that almost knocked me off my chair. I had been trying to find the words to describe what my relationship with my husband was feeling like because our relationship is by no means bad, it's just very different since we had a baby. Roommate was a perfect description. I had a roommate and it definitely was not my idea of the perfect marriage.

When do you find time to be intimate and connect with your significant other when you have a child? I'm not talking only about physical intimacy, I'm talking about true connection, really seeing each other and hearing each other with no distractions. Bonding and talking about things that matter other than how many poops your child had in one day.

For us it use to be evenings. Evenings now?? Um, by the time I finish getting our son down which consists of a little before bed play time, massaging his feet & tummy with happy baby oil (I swear by it), changing his diaper, conversation time, putting him in his jammies, breast feeding him, then praying he doesn't poop again before he falls asleep which he usually does. Changing him one last time, and then finally rocking him to sleep which sometimes can take a half hour or more. The last thing I want to do is be intimate, let alone talk, I don't even want to watch TV. I'm certainly not the wife that shows up in sexy lingerie and is ready to go after all that. Although that sounds so nice and would make me Wonder Woman, I'm most certainly not a super hero. All I want do do is eat a fat biscuit because I'm always hungry, drink a large glass of water, put on my man-jammies, and have someone rock ME to sleep.

Mornings are hard because we're not usually fully rested and if we magically wake up before our son does, well, that doesn't usually happen, but if it does, we have about a 5 minute window before he wakes up and starts crying.

My husband works all day and is so emotionally drained when he gets home he wants to come in and relax, usually in silence, and I'm ready to talk and have a million questions and want to hang out so we are on complete opposite schedules. By the time he is ready to talk, I'm ready for bed. Finding time for each other is so important and yet feels almost impossible these days. I swore to myself I would always put marriage first but sometimes it does suffer. It's hard to find the balance and put your marriage first when you're a new mom learning how to balance it all or even a mom of two, three, or more doing it all over again! If you are breastfeeding, you are your child's life support those first few months or years, depending on how long you decide to breastfeed. Breastfeeding can feel like it holds you hostage. I'm lucky to have a good milk supply and I know the benefits of breastfeeding so I'm trying to go as long as I possibly can before I go totally insane. I absolutely love breastfeeding and I'm thankful it came easy for me but the not-so-easy part is when baby needs to eat he needs to eat and when boobs get engorged from waiting too long to feed, it can hurt bad and even lead to infection. I will try to snuggle up to my husband and then it seems it's time to feed again. I feel so guilty. If you are reading this have you ever felt those feelings of guilt? I should be giving my husband more attention but I physically just can't right now.

I put so much pressure and so many expectations on myself and my relationship with my husband. I find myself nagging and there are days I can't even control myself. I know what I'm doing and I nag so bad that I can't even stand the sound of my own nagging voice, but still, I don't stop nagging. I'm lucky my husband puts up with me and continues to be a loving husband with the amount of nagging I'm capable of.  Lately it seems I have a massive magnify glass on him when I'm the one who needs to flip that bad-boy around and take a look at my part. I find myself upset and judgmental when most of the time I'm the one who needs to make a change in my thinking and doing.

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When I come from a loving place with everything I do, we are better, everything is better. He becomes more loving when I'm loving, and then I'm even more loving, and everyone is happy. If there are things I wish could be a little different or chores I need my husband to take care of for me, I'm learning it's all in my tone of voice and that being a passive aggressive brat DOES NOT WORK. Thankfully I have a husband who is able to bring these kind of things to my attention and say "I would be a whole lot more responsive if you spoke to me in a kind and loving manor instead of just coming at me with all the things I'm not doing right." Wow I feel like a jerk.

My brother reminded me the other day how important it is to understand each others love language and how your love language can change over time. He also reminded me how hard it is for a man if you are constantly being told all the things you are doing wrong instead of getting praised for the things you are doing right. The more praise a man receives, the better he will be with you.

This all hit me like a ton of bricks. I can have a real tone or look on my face when I'm upset or have bottled up frustration. I usually keep in it and then explode all at once.

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It's a constant work in progress for me. Trying to come back to us, be kind and loving in all I do. Treat my husband the way I want to be treated. Working hard on this one because it's so easy to be kind for a few days and then slip back into that state of resentment and frustration. Also trying to give myself some grace in it all. Marriage is a choice and it's hard at times but it's also the most beautiful partnership two people can have together. Supporting each other through all the ups and downs and growing together is what it's all about.

Today I am going to be kinder, more loving, forgiving, patient, complimentary, and childlike. If I can practice this daily, first and foremost there will be a much stronger us, and our children will always continue to be gifts that keep on giving.

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Fun Ways To Save For The Holidays!

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Don't let the holidays break your bank!!

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It's hard to believe we are only 48 days away from Christmas (yes I counted) and 35 days until Hanukkah!  I tend to let the holidays overwhelm me because I want to shop for everyone but I don't want to break my bank. With a baby and a lot more family members, friends, and people I work with, money can go fast!

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I have found a few fun ways to save and even make a buck or two to add to the holiday budget.

Make Saving Fun!

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I'm not a great saver but if I turn it into a game, it becomes easier and exciting. Watching the holiday bank fund grow can be a whole lot of fun! Grab yourself a cute box or rustic barrel from Michaels and decorate it. Or if you don't have time, just write "Holiday Fund" on the front. If you can't get out to grab a box or barrel you can use a large mason jar! Keep it in your closet in a safe spot where you won't be tempted to take the cash out of it!

Starbucks can wait!

First things first, if you are anything like me, I love to treat myself to a Starbucks almost every single day. Um, I have a Starbucks addiction for sure.

Sometimes I do two rounds depending on my energy level and I always get a medium or large. You guys, I did the math, and if I were to drink my own coffee at home which would cost me roughly 20 dollars (that includes half and half and two bags of coffee) just for the month of November and allow myself a Starbucks only a few times a week and get a small instead of a large, I'm saving over $113 for the entire month. You can add $4.75 to your fun savings box every day instead of giving your local Starbucks the cash! Imagine if you AND your significant other both did this together! That would be another $113. Not to mention, you won't be getting all that sugar either, I love the pumpkin spice latte that's loaded with extra sugar so I'm much healthier for the month of November!

Not a coffee drinker? You can still play this game! Add three or four bucks to your jar every day for the month of November to give yourself a little extra holiday spending cash! You are already ahead of the game by not being a Starbucks addict!

There are so many ways to make yummy coffee & tea drinks from home. Here is one I found for you to try! Add some cute cinnamon sticks for more flavor and decor to feel like you are still getting your special holiday drink! I found this recipe from Faith Durandi!

How To Make a Latte Without an Espresso Machine

Makes 1 drink

What You Need

Ingredients

Espresso or strongly brewed coffee from an Aeropress
2% or nonfat milk
Cocoa powder, to garnish

Equipment

Wide, shallow coffee cup
Jar with lid
Spoon

Instructions

  1. Make your espresso or strongly brewed coffee: As mentioned in the notes above, any strongly brewed espresso from a home espresso maker or a capsule machine like a Nespresso will do. Or use strongly brewed coffee from an Aeropress, not diluted with any water. I usually start with about 1/3 cup espresso, but this is up to you.
  2. Froth the milk: Pour milk into the jar. Fill no more than halfway. Screw the lid on tightly, and shake the jar as hard as you can until the milk is frothy and has roughly doubled in volume, 30 to 60 seconds.
  3. Microwave the milk: Take the lid off the jar and microwave uncovered for 30 seconds. The foam will rise to the top of the milk and the heat from the microwave will help stabilize it.
  4. Pour warm milk into the espresso: Pour the espresso or coffee into a wide, shallow coffee cup. Use a large spoon to hold back the milk foam, and pour as much warm milk as you would like into the espresso.
  5. Add foam: Spoon as much milk foam as you would like onto your latte (or perhaps it's a cappuccino at this point!). Garnish, if desired, with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or nutmeg on top of the foam. Sip immediately!

Recipe Notes

  • Flavoring the latte: If you want a sweetened or flavored latte, stir in some syrup with the warm milk, before adding the foam.
  • Flavoring ideas: You can add a teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract, or a sweetened flavored syrup such as this one: Homemade Caramel Syrup for Your Coffee. Maple syrup is also delicious.

Closet Sale With Friends

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Life gets really busy with family and kids, especially during the holidays. What better way to hang out with friends you don't get to see very often than by throwing a holiday closet sale. Tip: Less is more. If you have too many racks of clothes you won't sell as much. It becomes overwhelming and you won't make as much money. Also, only pull clothes from your closet that you know people would buy, save the other stuff for a garage sale. Force yourself to let go of some items that may make you more cash even if it hurts to say goodbye. At least it will be going to someone you know. Make your rack really desirable and price things at a fair cost but not too low! You paid good money for your clothes at one time, they haven't lost their value that much!

Grab a few other friends and throw an at home holiday party and sell your clothes! Put out a cheese plate and some sparkling spiked cider, some of your favorite holiday music, a yummy pumpkin spice candle and celebrate! Even if you only make $100 or $200 that is still a great number to put aside for the holiday budget! You can find my FAVORITE Spiked Sparkling Cider recipe HERE.

Now were at $300 in holiday bank funds and if your significant other participates $400 in holiday bank funds just from our savings at Starbucks and a little at home holiday sale! Whatever you had in mind for your spending budget, you can add this extra cash to it now!! Make the best out of your spending!

Affordable Unique Gifts

It's important to put a budget aside for how much you would like to spend on each friend and family member. Something I never did in the past. I would come home way over budget with tons of gifts that I didn't even know who I bought them for and ended up with major buyers remorse! An organized list with the amount to be spent next to the name is a must!! I always love making fun gift baskets that are filled with items I know my friends and family would use and love. Take mental note when a friend tells you they love something you have in your home or that you are wearing and find them something similar for the holiday! I find it makes the gift more sentimental.

I like to do a lot of my holiday shopping at Home Goods because everything is affordable there and I can put really fun gift baskets together without going over budget!

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If you're struggling with getting out of the house to shop and at a loss of ideas, try planting a tree in someones name or naming a star in the sky after a friend. Name a star after someone HERE. Plant a tree in someones name HERE. This may sound weird but it's a unique gift and you don't have to go to the store to do it! You can also do all your shopping from your computer. I like to go to the store in person but with a 3 moth old, most my shopping will be done right here on my couch. Amazon and Nordstrom are wonderful because they have great return policies. Basically every other store known to man can be purchased on line but be sure to look at their return policy if you are buying gifts!  Looking for the perfect basket to put all your goodies in? At Home is my favorite place to find affordable baskets. I'm linking them HERE for you!

Some of my favorite goodies to put in a gift basket: A wonderful smelling candle (choose a seasonal scent), yummy hand soap and or lotion, cute little necklace, succulent plant, and a bottle of wine. Some other fun ideas: Pretty playing cards, seeds to grow flowers or herbs, daily meditation book, day planner, soaps, caramel popcorn, lip gloss. Try to keep your basket around $20-40 per basket! This is so easy to do if you are headed to Home Goods. Succulent plants make wonderful centerpieces for the basket and they are very affordable. Find them at Home Depot! The basket you see below has 1 bottle of wine $12, succulent $6, hand soap $4, candle $5, note pad $3, hand lotion $3, basket $6. Total cost for my basket $39

Happy Holiday fun! Check back soon for my favorite gift ideas!

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All The Fall Feels

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Hello Fall you have finally made your way to Nashville and I couldn't be happier. I can finally cozy up to the fire and enjoy a hot pumpkin spiced latte without feeling like I'm melting. So many of you were asking me for your favorite denim and other fun clothes for fall so I decided to pack it all into one post! It's hard to get a post written these days with a baby so I am taking advantage of my parents being in town and getting to work! Hope you find some fun new pieces for your closet!

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My Favorite Sweaters All Under $100

I wanted to start with my favorite sweaters for fall all under $100

The three sweaters shown above are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G and so stinking soft, not to mention cute and fit fantastic.

I will start with the blue sweater with big bell arms, I mean come ON! Everyone needs this sweater and it comes in several colors. I had a hard time picking but went with blue since it's fall and felt more neutral. I think I may have to get it in all the colors now that I know how great it fits. There is a beautiful rustic brown color and a purple mist that almost looks lavender with a hint of pink! Shop it HERE for only $39!!! Whaaaat!? Super affordable for a really cute sweater.

Now let's talk about the most yummy cozy ivory colored turtleneck I have found, ever. It feels like creamy butter. I know it's odd that I compare everything to food. This sweater is such a unique fit and keeps me super warm. The sleeves are slightly flared which I LOVE. The sweater is a bit fitted through out and more fitted on the bottom with an upward v pattern that is super slimming. I have a very long torso so it comes just to the waist of my low rise jeans. This sweater is just under $100 and so pretty. I'm wearing a small in the Ivory. It's available in black and wine as well! Must have for fall. Buy it HERE !!!

The last sweater I am sharing about is the lose one size fits all distressed sweater . So fun and so soft. It's made to look distressed, it falls shorter in the front and longer in the back. For $54 this one is a steal. I love to pair it with my boyfriend jeans or a cute pair of holey skinny jeans and some booties. I wear a tank under it and as it gets colder,  I will be wearing a long sleeve top for extra warmth.  I'll also wear a cute plaid scarf with this or an oversized wrap as a scarf and call it a day. Shop it HERE ! One size fits all!!

Crazy About Scarfs! Here Are My Favorites!

I feel like I can never have enough scarfs. I LOVE them. I'm finding them super handy for breastfeeding too. I will use one to drape over the boob instead of a blanket, less to keep in my diaper bag and way cuter!

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I will start with the blue scarf shown in my first flat lay picture and shown on the model above. This is the softest scarf and can be warn as a cape or a scarf. I love that you can double even triple wrap it up and the fringe adds such a cute touch. This favorite of mine is only $35. Shop it HERE

Next is the plaid scarf. I mean come on, everyone needs at least one cute plaid scarf in their life. I choose this one! It's only $24 and super cozy. Shop it HERE

Last is this super soft infinity scarf. These are my favorite because they are so easy. Double wrap and you are out the door! This one is only $19. Shop it HERE

Dreamy Denim

I have been all about trying new denim post baby. I have also jumped back into some of my old favs.

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1. These are so fun and super comfy. Lose fit boyfriend style. Under $50 Shop them HERE

2. I am so in love with these jeans. They are a more relaxed fit but not baggy. I like that they are straight with a cuff. They look adorable with a high heel, throw on a blazer with a cute T under it. My favorite is the twisted front T. You can find it HERE. Wear these jeans during the day with a cute pair of flats or mules. My favorite mules are THESE . Shop the jeans HERE

3. The softest stretchy jeans ever! I was able to fit in these a few weeks post pregnancy. I love them! They fit like a glove and are very comfy. Shop them HERE. They are on sale now too!

4. Last are the most awesome jegging jeans I own! High wasted which I am really loving to hide my mommy tummy. They look awesome with the twisted T. Put them on with a cute bootie like THESE or a high heel for the evening! The jeans are just under $60. Shop them HERE.

My Clutch

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I love my clutch from Gaia For Woman. Not only is it so freaking cute, I love what this company stands for. SHOP THIS CLUTCH HERE.

More info about Gaia and their mission:

GAIA creations are handmade by refugee women resettled in Dallas using vintage, artisan-made, & sustainable materials.

Our mission is to empower refugee women through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success in our local communities.  

Through a living wage and continued training and development, our goal is to lead the women to financial independence and self-sufficiency. Studies show that unlocking a woman's potential can cultivate a brighter future for not only herself and her children, but for the community as a whole.

 

Avène

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I love teaming up with companies that support things that I'm super passionate about. Avène is not only a skin care line with wonderful products, they are raising awareness in the battle against bullying, something I was affected by as a kid and have been talking openly about for years to try and help raise awareness.

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I was recently sent a kit with three products from Avène to try. It's no surprise that I walked into my dermatologist office here in Nashville the other day to pick up a product and saw they carry Avène products. All the more reason I felt confident trying this kit I was sent. I used the Eau Thermale mist before I apply my peptide serum and was blown away at how calm my skin felt. The nurse at my dermatologist told me to spray my face with it and then while my skin was damp apply my peptides and then the Xera Calm A.D moisturizer from Avène. My skin is feeling baby soft and much calmer than it was before using the line.

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Avène products are known for soothing and relieving eczema which is a skin disorder that effects thousands of babies, children, and adults. A young girl named Carissa has been living with a very sever case of eczema and has been bullied in school because of it. This breaks my heart. I'm so thankful for Avène and Kind Campaign who have come together to raise awareness and share Carissa's story of hope. Now that I have a child of my own, the thought that he may be bullied at some point in his life brings tears to my eyes as I type this. I can't imagine watching him have to go through what I went through or what beautiful Carissa has been going though. I'm forever grateful for Avène & Kind Campaign for the beautiful work they are doing in the fight against bullying! You can learn more about Carissa's story of hope HERE.

To find the Avène products that are best for your skin, visit their website aveneusa.com. I highly recommend the Eau Thermale and Xera Calm A.D moisturizer!! #AveneHope