Fashion

Favorite Target Maternity Finds

Shopping has always been my favorite activity in life. I assumed that when I got pregnant I was going to dress my bump to nine. Nope! When you’re exhausted, huge, uncomfortable and don’t wear a size 2 anymore the last thing on my mind was shopping. I spent the last few months in my husband underwear. On occasion I would have to put on our real clothes and I didn’t want to spend a ton for something I wouldn’t be wearing long. Target has upped its clothing game and I was able to find a lot of really inexpensive easy to wear pieces. These were my everyday causal favorites that didn’t break the bank.

 

 

 

Beauty

Favorite L’ange Products

Last summer I received an email from a company I had never heard of. L’ange. They wanted to send me some products, and if I liked them, do a Facebook Live on how I liked to use them. I was skeptical because I have crazy, curly unruly hair. Most products I have bought over the years are still sitting in my bathroom, 90 percent full.

Flash forward to today… I have repurchased multiple products from L’ange. That is unheard of for me.

The best part about this company is you can log on to Facebook at any time and watch someone doing their hair. And no, it’s not a professional hairstylist, it’s just an average person, like you or me.

They carry everything hair-related you could ever need: hot tools, shampoo, conditioner, styling products, and their newest item, hair extensions. Hands down, my favorite item is the Satin Nectar Nourishing Gloss. It takes my hair from crazy and frizzy to smooth and shiny. Their curling wands are also amazing. When I find the time in between naps and playtime to curl my hair, I know it’s worth it because it will last for days.

A little tip when purchasing a wand, there are two types: titanium is made for hard-to-curl hair and ceramic is for hair that holds curl easily. The Le Reve straightener is great for all you postpartum mamas, like me, that have a lot of regrowth around your face because the straightener is compact enough that it can really get the smaller pieces.

Happy shopping, Mamas!

Beauty

Stranded on a Deserted Island- 5 Beauty must haves

The first thing I do once Hayden goes down for a nap is scroll through my Instagram stories. One recently caught my eye: @courtney_shields inspired me to really think about what my favorite must-have-or-I’ll-die items are. She posed the question: “If you could only bring 5 makeup items to a desert island, what would you bring?” She added that a razor and deodorant were already included, and then–plot twist–you would be with a guy or girl you like. 

 First thing that came to mind was my Dior Mascara. Hands down, the best mascara I have ever tried. 

 I am not sure if hair products were included in this, but what I know is my hair has a mind of its own. With no blowdryer, I would have to have an oil of some kind so I wouldn’t scare my crush onto the next island.

 Now the true dilemma: a BB cream or the cult favorite,                                        

Hula Bronzer? I think being on an island I would already be tan so I’m going to go with my ride-or-die BareMinerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer. It also has SPF in it, so now I am set with that too. 

 I am going to assume my lips would be dry, and based on the fact I’m obsessed with lip gloss, I would have to bring one with me. (I’m also going to assume that this island has no mirror; I don’t know about you, but I need one to do my brows so a brow gel is out.) 

And finally, a little bit of highlighting cream can be used for the apples of my cheeks, maybe as some eyeshadow, and for my shoulders, and duh, to highlight my décolletage.

 I am going to leave the actual survival stuff up to my crush because I will be too busy putting on makeup.

 

Lifestyle

Easy Last Minute Gift Ideas

Earlier in the week I teamed up with Big City Moms for a Facebook live video to share all my favorite quick and easy gift ideas for moms, baby and dads. If you’re like me and have waited to the very last minute to get your shopping done, then all of these products can be found in store and on Amazon (2 day shipping).  I have used each of these for awhile and can say they will make great gifts for any new mom or dad.  Happy shopping ladies.

 

 

Lifestyle

Favorite Target Fall Finds

I might be the only woman on earth that hates Pumpkin Spice.

However, I welcome fall with a little change up of my usual decor instead. While everyone else is drinking pumpkin spice lattes, I enjoy getting cozy in my autumn paradise on the couch with a thick, fuzzy blanket and a glass of wine.  To me, golds, yellows, and oranges always scream crisp air, cuddly nights, and lots of good food.  I love to entertain during the holidays, so anything fall for the kitchen is always on my list. Target has a lot of affordable options to bring a little spice into your house for the holiday season ahead.

They even sell Pumpkin Spice coffee for those who are highly addicted.

Happy shopping……. links below.

 

Hayden

Hosptial Bag Must-Haves

A month or two before my due date I started pinning away hospital bag items I would need. Needless to say I left the house with a large bag and small carry on suitcase. Guess what? I didn’t use 80% here are the items I actually used.All your “down there” items will be available at the hospital. The most important thing on this list was the pillows and the blanket. Hospital ones are beyond unusable. They will also provide diapers and wipes for baby.

I brought stuff to shower and wash my hair but lets be real I was not able to even think of showering. More power to the women that were able to do so. I was glad I packed a little bit of makeup because I was able to freshen up before guests arrived. My go to was of Hoola Bronzer and the Fenty Universal Lip gloss.  A toiletry bag is also a must. It will help you to feel a little more human when you brush your teeth and put deodorant on. Our hospital allowed us to bring an essential oil diffuser. If definitely helped during labor and the stay afterwards feel more like home. Shop my favorites below.

 

 

Lifestyle

Favorite Current Amazon Picks

Let me just start by saying my husband and I disagree about one thing all the time……..Whats in the amazon cart. I have a true obsession. Without a doubt the mail lady shows up at least three times a week with an amazon package. Through trial and error of whats good and whats not, I have narrowed down my favorite buys this summer. My Top pick in this whole list have to be the Mellanni Bed Sheets. $29 bucks! $29 bucks! Don’t get me wrong I was extremely skepitcal. These blew our $150 dollar sheets right out of the water. Did she really put a food item on there?  Yes, yes I did. Game changer ladies and gentlemen. I get it chips are not good for you but sometimes you have to have a few and these make me feel a little less guilty.