9.29.2016

5 Things I'm Doing To Lose The Baby Weight


Now that Grayson is 2 months old, it's officially "go time" for me to lose the last of this baby weight. Recovering from childbirth isn't easy, but what's even harder is getting rid of the excess belly fat. You have to essentially start all over and wake up those abdominal muscles again! 

Here are 5 things I'm doing to try to get back to my prepregnancy bod:

1) NO SNACKING OR EATING AFTER 9PM. 

This is harder than it seems when you have two kiddos because sometimes dinner is late after they are already in bed. Typically once they're in bed and I'm relaxing, I'll have the urge to want to eat something sweet or snack on a bunch of crackers but sticking to this is important. I need to be snacking smarter, which means not eating empty-calorie foods like Camden's goldfish on the daily, especially at night.

2) INCREASE MY WATER INTAKE.

During pregnancy it's essential to increase your water intake, but it's much harder to keep it up after you have the baby. When you have young little ones at home to take care of, you tend to put yourself last. Some days I'll look at the clock and it'll be noon and I'll realize I've only had one glass of water so far (and sometimes I will forget to eat lunch completely -- no more of this!)

3) WORKOUT DURING KIDS NAP TIME OR BEDTIME.  

This is the perfect time to get in a workout, even if it's so tempting to get other things done at this time. I've been making it a priority to get on the treadmill if they're both asleep at the same time, or to go for a run outside once Billy is home from work and Camden is in bed. Even if it's only for 20 minutes - it counts and I feel so much better after I do it.

4) CUT DOWN ON THE STARBUCKS.

...and any other fancy drinks that are packed with sugar. I say cut down because I don't want to give up my Starbucks completely (hello -- this mama needs a caffeine boost here and there!), but I can't be drinking them as often as I've been getting them lately. I want to aim for just 2 times per week. 

5) FOCUS ON MY CORE. 


After having a baby, you have to completely build back your core. It's the area I need to work on the most, so focusing on and committing to core exercises (like side planks, dumbbell side bends, russian twists, leg raises, flutter kicks, etc.) is going to be the most beneficial and give me the best results.

Not on the list but I think is equally as important is taking time for myself and getting enough sleep!

What did you do to get back to your prepregnancy weight? Share with me what worked best for you! And of course, wish me luck! :) 


9.27.2016

6 Things I'm Excited About


-ONE-



If you haven't heard the good news yet, IT Cosmetics is now available online and in store at SEPHORA! Happy happy dance! Beyond excited about this. My entire skin and make up routine consists of IT products. I swear by their CC cream.

Currently they have nine exclusives at Sephora, which are apart of their IT Cosmetics™ Color-Infused Skincare™ line. I plan to do a review on a lot of these products soon, but I did want to share the ones that are now available at Sephora:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup™ 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm; $38 (This balm is SO GOOD! It's a cleanser, makeup remover, and anti-aging serum in one. )

The makeup melting balm and under eye cream are honestly amazing. The skin perfecting brush makes foundation go on perfectly. IT is killing it with these products!

-TWO- 


(a) Camden starts "school" tomorrow! I seriously feel like I'm sending him off to college in way...ha!

He has been in in-home care with a nanny (who we love and Grayson will still be going to her) since he was 13 weeks old, but now that he is almost 2 he really needs more structure and we think he will thrive in more of a classroom setting! I toured a bunch of early preschools and daycare's the past few weeks (which is another reason why my blog took a backseat-I have been so busy with this) before finding the one we decided on. Although change is hard and I'm a little nervous, we are really excited about it because we know he is going to learn so much and we think he will love it! It's also only a mile from my work and within 5 minutes from our nanny so it's location is super convenient. We got him a little backpack and I've been reading this book from his favorite series to him in preparation. :) First day of school pictures most likely coming soon...

(b) Watching my boys relationship grow...Camden is just obsessed with Grayson. He wakes up in the morning and asks for "baby", and tells him he loves him before he goes to bed at night. I honestly can't describe how happy these two boys make me...I just feel so lucky to be their Mom.


-THREE-

I have been using Octer (a new to me website) when shopping online lately. It is a unique marketplace of the biggest US stores where you can shop departments or shop by store. I like it because it compares thousands of brands and shows the nearest matches, so you'll always get the perfect price and possibly discover products from stores you hadn’t considered before.

I just got this adorable cable knit sweater and hat set for Grayson by ordering through Octer...


-FOUR-

FOOTBALL SEASON! This gives me a great excuse to whip up some yummy game day food. Crock pot meals, chips and dip, and football games kind of just go together...am I right? The only other thing I need is a fall scented candle burning and then I total fit the description of basic.

 I made sausage dip the other week and served with tortilla chips. It's my favorite dip recipe because it's so easy and everyone loves it! It's just white velveeta cheese, 1 lb. of Jimmy Dean sausage, and a can of Rotel!


-FIVE-

 Have you seen Jack Rogers new rain boots? They come in a bunch of cute colors and I need them...

 shop them all here

 Oh, and these Nike shoes...perfect for athleisure wear and for fall/winter!

 -SIX-

The new series This Is Us. Who else is watching??

PS: Grayson is TWO months old today! Post coming this week after his doctors appointment!

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9.26.2016

Take Care of Your Skin with Garnier SkinActive® Clearly Brighter™ {+Giveaway!}






Happy Monday! I really hate to say this but my skin has definitely suffered after being pregnant for nearly two years in a row. With both pregnancies I failed to properly take care of it (out of pure laziness) and I was unable to use some products in my cabinet that I was used to using due to the ingredients. Now, I'm left with an uneven skin tone and some pesky melasma spots that I knew had to be my focus once I had Grayson. I wanted to make it a priority to myself to get my skin in tip-top condition again.

For the past month I've been using two products to help brighten my skin and make it look healthier. I didn't have success with the first one (Neutrogena's Visibly Even Moisturizer), but I did want to share the one I'm still using and finding the best results with, which is Garnier SkinActive® Clearly Brighter™ Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15.

Garnier SkinActive® is a brand that I've used for years and I've loved many of their products so I was excited to try this. I've been using this moisturizer every morning and within a week I noticed a difference in my skin. It claims to even out tone and texture for brighter, smoother skin and it did just that. My skin has felt so much more hydrayed. healthier, and it's oil-free formula so I don't have to worry about breaking out. My melasma and dark spots are fading away so I know that by continuing to use this product these trouble areas will look even better. Another reason why I love this moisturizer is because it has antioxidant Vitamin C in it, which is so beneficial for your skin.

For a mom that has very little time to take care of herself, using this product has been simple enough to give me results I want without breaking the bank. Highly, highly recommend you give it a try if you've been neglecting your skin like me!

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