My Summer Beauty Products

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Breath of Fresh Air Toner

This is so refreshing for everyday toner, especially after a long day at the beach.

With mineral-rich carrageenan seaweed extract and rose absolute to tone and balance the skin. This is perfect to use as a spritz in the summer to cool down, or any time of year when you want to feel refreshed. Rose absolute will help to reduce redness whilst patchouli oil is cooling and astringent on the skin.

You can purchase it here

Not Your Mother’s: Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

I do not wash my hair everyday and this right here is a life saver.  It is light weight and smells clean. When I curl my hair, the next day i spray this in and throw a few more curls in and bam down. You will save a ton of time and still have that look you want without having to wash and redo it everyday. Expect more room on your social calendar because this salon formula dry shampoo will have you and your hair ready for a night out on the town.

  • Absorbs excess oils
  • Cleans without water
  • Light matte finish

You can purchase it here

Lavera: Organic Sunless Tanner

I love this stuff.  It doesn’t stink either.  Vitamin D is good. Leather skin is not.  When you want to save your skin and have a glow…sunless tanner is where it’s at. This is Organic, clean ingredients and the shade it beautiful.

Get a safe, natural looking tan without sun exposure! Organic soy extracts provide the active ingredient and are combined with extracts of sugar to deliver a smooth, foolproof application and a natural, even result. Organic Lavender, aloe vera and rose water offer moisturizing benefits and leave skin feeling refreshed.

You can purchase it here

EOS: Chapstick

These are a go to.  Keep your lips from being flaky, dry, chapped and dinasoury this summer.

  • 99% natural
  • Long-lasting moisture for immediately softer, more beautiful lips
  • Shea butter & vitamins C & E
  • Smoothes on clear
  • Precisely glides on lips
  • Twist-off top
  • Petrolatum-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • 0.25 oz

You can get the newest flavors here for a 2 for $4!

Stromaderm: Lip Complex (collagen plumper)

I’m seriously obsessed with this lip complex.  It makes my lips instantly healed from dryness and plumps them naturally over time with collagen and hyaluronic acid.

Stromaderm is a collection of unparalleled, age-defying hyaluronic acid and collagen peptide treatments, formulated with patented, award-winning BioCell Collagen CG. Skin loses its youthful appearance when stromal cells diminish along with their production of hyaluronic acid and collagen – compounds critical to skin firmness, hydration, smoothness and healing. By providing these same vital components, Stromaderm, unique in its approach, supports your stromal cells, visibly diminishes the signs of aging, increases the speed at which skin begins to appear firmer, repaired and renewed, and provides lasting results. Stromaderm helps bring elasticity and moisture back to the skin and even goes an important step further—it helps reduce the enzyme that can make your skin age. Stromaderm is a revolution in the science of aging.

Cost: $35

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Goddess Garden: Organic Sun Lotion

With all the chemicals in sunscreen these days, organic sunscreen is a must. The chemicals is traditional sunscreen can actually make your chances of skin cancer higher and burn the skin.  They absorb into the skin putting wear on the detoxifying systems like the liver. It is best to go as natural as possible when it comes to sun care.

Made with plant-based ingredients and natural minerals, this everyday natural sunscreen provides powerful broad-spectrum sun protection. With its sheer, non-greasy application, this certified organic, reef safe, and biodegradable sunscreen is good for you and the world around you.

You can purchase here

Belli Skincare: Cleanse 

I love this cleansing skincare for pregnant and nursing women.  It is safe and works like a charm on those stubborn hormonal blemishes. My skin was saved by this during pregnancy and I felt at peace knowing it wasn’t harming my baby during the pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

  • EXPECT BEAUTIFUL SKIN: Free of common acne-fighting ingredients that can cause dry skin and irritation, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a pure face wash. It features a blend of lactic acid (found naturally in the body), green tea, and cucumber extract for an antioxidant-rich gently exfoliating cleanser.
  • ENJOY PEACE OF MIND: Belli is Picky for a Purpose to give you peace of mind. Every Belli product is allergy tested, free of paraben preservatives, gluten, phthalates, and artificial dyes or fragrances. For expecting and nursing moms, Belli even follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients, synthetic or natural, with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding.

You can purchase here

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Glam Up Casual

Throwing it back to an early pregnancy outfit. I found a relaxed boyfriend jean and loose tank was the perfect way to hide my belly that was just not quite ready to pop. You know that transitional stage of pregnancy of- did you eat too many burritos or is that a tiny baby pooch? You feel me? 😋 I mean now my belly just walks in the door before me. 😂

I love comfy jeans, especially a good pair of boyfriend jeans. When I need to dress up my everyday comfort jean, a cute, even, statement shirt and strappy heels take my everyday boyfriend jean into the perfect date night outfit, business meeting outfit or girls night out outfit. From casual to glam by switching up the shirt and the shoes makes it easy for any on the go women, mom, busy gal to spruce up and transition to looking bomb AND being comfortable. Shop my look below! 

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Classic Baked Potato-Sweet!

 

IMG_7963Our friend’s came over for dinner the other night and we both happen to be pregnant.  I asked her what she’s craving and she just loves baked potatoes right now. I haven’t had a classic baked potato in I don’t know how long so I thought it would be great to make toppings and bake some potatoes! I opted to do both classic and sweet so they could choose and I fell in love with the classic toppings on a sweet potato!

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I did bacon, sour cream (there are many great organic, grass fed ones if you can handle dairy), dill, green onion toppings, butter (kerrigold or organic), salt and pepper and OH MY! This combo with the sweet potato was unreal delicious.  It’s a meal in itself.  Pair it with protein and you’ve got quite the good combo. You can do a quarter or half potato and load on your toppings!

 

Classic Baked Potato-Sweet!
 
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  • Sweet Potato
  • Bacon
  • Sour Cream
  • Dill
  • Green Onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Wash and rub olive oil on your sweet potato
  2. Poke a good amount of holes in your potato
  3. Cook your baked potatoes at 450 for 1 hour
  4. Take out, cut open and add toppings
  5. Enjoy!
 

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Pregnancy Skin Care Featuring BelliSkincare Line

So my skin was horrible my first trimester. Like 14 year old acne-is it ever gunna stop-my diet was on point and it didn’t matter because…well…hormones. I needed something to help balance the oil production and treat the acne topically and as some of you know…it isn’t wise to use any typical acne products when you are pregnant because it isn’t healthy for a growing babe.  Things like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid where out the picture. and I needed something stat. I looked online everywhere and found Belli Skincare. I am so happy to be partnering with them to share with you something that will help you and your skin in the time when all puberty breaks loose. Haha.  This is what I use specifically for acne control through my pregnancy and can’t wait to use it through the hormone changes again with post partum.

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Belli is a physician formulated skin care line focusing on ingredient safety to provide expectant and new mothers with a piece of mind.  Belli teratology screens its ingredients for use during pregnancy, to avoid “teratogens”-chemical, synthetic or natural ingredients that have been linked to birth defects or miscarriage. Belli is also LActMed screens its formulations to ensure that nursing mothers can use the products without hesitation.  All products are allergy tested and free of parabens, BPA, phthalates and artificial dyes.

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Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is an exfoliating scrub to help prepare skin for the application of other products and the ideal start to any skin care regimen.  It contains peppermint, ginseng and green tea, invigorates as it gently sweeps away depris and dead skin cells to reveal the soft, smooth skin beneath.  You can find it here.

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Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a safe face wash formula featuring lactic acid (an ingredient that naturally occurs in the body), green tea and cucumber to get skin pristinely clean without over drying. The formula is rich in pore-cleansing ingredients that help lift away dirt and oil, while leaving the skin feeling pampered, clear and refined. You can find it here. 

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Belli Acne Spot Treatment helps clear existing blemishes and prevents new breakouts during pregnancy.  The formula is free of common acne fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid and benzoyl peroxide that should be avoided during pregnancy.  Instead, this treatment uses colloidal sulfur to penetrate and unclog pores. You can find it here.

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Belli is available at BelliSkincare.com as well as retailers including buybuyBABY and Ulta.com.

Right now on Belli you can get 30% Off Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator with code MAYGLOW30.

Free shipping on all orders of $49 or more. Free samples with every order.

 

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Black On Black

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Proooobably should’ve worn a different shirt as you can see it’s stretched to capacity and you can see the band, but it’s not the shirt’s fault… HA.  The camera picks it alllll up. :)- These jeans though…A+.  HM Maternity….who knew? I ordered them online and crossed my fingers.  Everyone asks me if I am wearing my regular jeans and all that belly!  God bless them…no “regular” jean can contain this belly….I don’t think you’re ready for this belly…

They are skinny, super cute and SUPER comfortable.  Oh, and these matisse booties? So comfortable and I wear them with everything.

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Spice It Up!

So, you know when you’re pregnant and so it gives everyone (strangers included) a free pass to give you advice on anything..at any time? Yes, well if you don’t know..now you do. 🙂  If you learn to “Eat the meat and spit out the bones”, it actually is fun hearing people’s opinions on what to do, not to do, etc. and beyond. As long as you are firm in your convictions and in yourself, it shouldn’t sway you…if anything you’ll get some good tips and funny/nightmare/..um? stories.  That doesn’t mean that is your life and you never have to own it as yours.  The reality is, every relationship, pregnancy, baby, person, life is 100% unique and different. There are some things that find a common thread and that is where we find some kindredness in relating to each other’s daily mishaps, successes etc. but for the most part…your journey will be 100% your own.  As long as you follow your own path, you’ll never get too overwhelmed if you are “doing everything right” in all the areas- from making sure your having enough sex…to co sleep, sleep train, breast, bottle and the multitude of things people want to get up in arms about and choose to share their horror stories about. I have certain ways that I will share with you on my blog because it works for me/ we’ve chosen to do it this way because it’s our convictions etc., but that never means your way is wrong/right whatever or my way is the only way. I’ll share what works for us, what doesn’t and find some humor, some help, some whatever through the portals of blogging.  I promise, in person, I’m the last to give my advice (as that is what I get paid to do professionally and really would rather love you for all of who you are)…you’ll have to ask me for it or find it here. Most importantly, I’ve found through this journey thus far..and really it applies to life is to find what your heart is saying. Is it a “Ya, that makes sense”, or “I want to by open and learn more about that”, or is it a “No way, I could never” or is could be a “Heck I’ll just test it out and try and fail and succeed and learn.” All of the above will be us at one point or another..in life…in raising babies…in business… and i’ve heard (this is the “meat” advice)…You learn as you go and take it day by day. If only we can stay at that place and depend on being guided daily to make the next step that is most beneficial in our little world. What might be right for some, may be wrong for others.

 

With that in mind…someone told us to date it up before the baby comes. That’s some solid advice. Well, any excuse to say, “We need to go on a lot of dates”, to my husband works for me.  So, with a few weeks left and a belly as big as a melon…literally…(the old wives tale of how you hold boy vs girl is very accurate in my case) we are making sure to soak in the most of these last few weeks before our lives change for the amazing and wild better. Back to the old wives tale…I have strangers daily at grocery stores etc., come up to me and say, not as a question but as a matter of fact, “You’re having a boy”. I’m like, well, yes..yes I am.  One lady gasped out loud when I turned around because from the back I don’t look pregnant and then BAM! belly for days. Hilarious.

My husband and I went out and grabbed a beautiful dinner. We chatted about our hopes and dreams about the future, our baby, the next year, business and life.  It was dreamy.  He truly is my best friend, partner, confidant, comedian, lover and soon to be the best Father in the world. 🙂

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Smoothie Bowls!

Smoothie Bowls!

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I love this organic protein. It tastes great and it plant based, avoiding whey when you can is beneficial. Not all whey is bad, (get a grass fed organic whey) but plant is best when it comes to any type of shake, smoothie etc.

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This superfood blend is 👌🏻 in smoothies and smoothie bowls. And it has inulin in it which is a prebiotic. HEALTH TIP: You need both prebiotics and probiotics in your diet for good gut health. Prebiotics are what probiotics feed on so the good bacteria can grow! If you aren’t getting prebiotics, all the effort of taking probiotics sort of goes down the toilet as its not actively growing the good bacteria and balancing the gut. @betterbodyfoods you did a great job! It’s definitely a winner and delicious.

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Yum, yum, yum.  This is my morning go to as of late and did I mention it’s crazy YUM?!

Here is my thing about acai bowls. They are LOADED with sugar.  So I decided to create my own version of a smoothie bowl that contains about a fraction the amount of sugar in it and tastes so dang good. Plus it is packed with over 30 grams of protein. This will literally fill you up for hours.  Talk about a nutritiously fueled day!  I get all my ingredients for toppings, protein powder, toppings (chia seeds, hemp, granola, etc.) for the best prices on Vitacost.com.  Here is a $10 off link for your order!  LINK

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Delicious, nutritious, high in protein, low in sugar! SO GOOD
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  • Orgain Organic Protein Powder (2 scoops)
  • LivFit Superfood (2 scoops)
  • ½ cup frozen berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries any or all. I use strawberries most of the time)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¾ cup vanilla unsweetened almond or coconut milk (My fav is Whole Foods 365 brand unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 2-3 cubes of ice
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 2 tablespoons granola of choice
  • 2 chopped up strawberries or ¼ cup bluebierries or 5-6 blackberries (fresh berries of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed cereal (if desired)
  • 2 chopped up dates
  • Add any other fruit (chopped banana, mango) as desired
Instructions
  1. Blend up the ingredients for the smoothie.
  2. Pour in bowl.
  3. Add toppings as desired.
  4. Enjoy!
 

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Maternity Shoot

IMG_6924I had so much fun shooting with my beautiful sister @zoerainaphotogrpahy. Here are the details of this magical shoot!

First, it was really special where we did the shoot. This is the neighborhood I grew up in and it is also the place my husband and I said our vows.  We got married right here going on 4 years ago.  It was our backyard, DIY neighborhood wedding that was the sweetest day of my life.  It represents so much.  Our love declared and what our love made. 🙂  Shop my look below and all my size details!

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I am around 31 weeks pregnant in these photos and I wore a size medium.  It does give a bit in the dress and stretches a bit.  Links are below to shop it!

 

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Photographer: zoerainaphotography.wix.com/zoerainaphotography

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Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

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These sweet dream cakes are unreal.  I love this mix.  I have been looking for a mix that is healthy, full of protein and easy on a busy morning.  Pair this with no sugar Lily’s Chocolate (sweetened with stevia) and some bananas and it’s a morning that you may want to repeat….daily!

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No Sugar Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes FILLED with protein, these bad boys taste amazing. The chocolate is delicious, clean, no sugar and won't give you the toots : x haha! 😉
Ingredients
  • Kodiak Cakes Mix
  • Lily's chocolate chips (no sugar)
  • Bananas
Instructions
  1. Literally, stir, 1 cup water to 1 cup mix, add chocolate chips and top with bananas. How easy does it have to be?
 

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Its A New Season!

Hello World!

 

Anybody out there?….Well friends, I’m back.  As some of you know I took about an 8 month sabbatical away from social media, blogging and the like.  During this time, I have been growing my beautiful baby boy Zion who is due in t-minus 3 weeks! I took this time away to really do some heart growing, unplugged life in which I contemplated a lot of things…the main thing… being a Mother, what that means to me, how I want to be as a wife, how I want to bring this baby into the world and a myriad of other amazing heart revelations.  It’s like I journeyed into the wild for 8 months with God and myself and said…”you have all of my attention, speak to me about this life I am bringing into the world and this life changing event for me as a soul.” To me, becoming a Mother is a very big deal and I felt the best way for me to experience the fullness of being pregnant, thinking about how my husband and I wanted to raise our family, do life, etc. was for me to completely unplug and dive into my real world 100%.  I totally recommend unplugging and engaging with the life and loves around you, even if it is only for a season.

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For me it was a time of re-evaluating my priorities, resting, doing what I wanted which includes not doing some things, being brave and stepping away from building my blog for a season.   I wanted to make sure that I was a true source of what I believe…living well. Which meant slowing things down and making things really simple so I could feel, experience, adjust and prepare my soul for the new one to come.  To enter my next season of life, I needed to take time to do that with all that I am. To prepare my heart, emotions, body and to journey into the unknowns.  To address any fears so that I can live unhindered for my child and my husband and live well for myself 100%. So I can be 100% in my child’s birth…and in my birth as a Mama.  For me, that looked like stepping away from what I am building and to step into my growth that was waiting for me.  I was fortunate enough to be able to “give up” and to “dive in”.  My husband is my biggest support. Always saying, do whatever you want. Thank God for him and for the season of my own time I will never have again. The new season I am embarking on requires 100% selflessness. 100% someone relying on you at all times.  This season is magical and I wanted to truly meditate on it. I wanted to take the last season of just me or just me and my husband and truly nest, cocoon, love deeply, do what we wanted, be away like a honeymoon and turn it all off.  We did that.  We will now enter this new season as Parents.  And I am so ready, invigorated and full to not only pour myself out for my child and my family, but to be back into my work.  To figure it out as I go.  My toilet may never be unoccupied without a child next to me again. But I will learn to balance and it’ll be fun documenting it all on the way.  I know there are many people out there juggling a lot or feeling torn between two worlds. It’s not easy. But you are kick butt.  You inspire me.  This new season….its wonderful, it’s real, it’s a season that will unfold into more children, more responsibility, more dreams and business ventures and thus more seasons and more sacrifice and more selflessness and will change me forever. To step away from anything,  you must be brave and do what wisdom and your heart call for at all times.  Take that risk, take the job, fail, succeed, give up, do what you know is right. In the season of my life, cocooning away from my work was risky, wild but so worth it.  I am not defined by anything I do or don’t do. I am defined by who I am, just me. And so are you. My goal is always to speak truth, inspire you and to live authentic. That to me is living well.  It is about balance, realness, inspiration and doing whatever you are meant to do…know matter what anyone thinks. Be brave. Be it all if you want, as long is it is you. The most inspiring human being is the one that is 100% themselves. That means they embrace all the beauty, gifts, callings and grace on their lives and also embracing the process, rawness, new seasons, growth and what their heart is saying at any given time. Never be a slave, always be a master of your life and to do that you must listen to your heart and wisdom, it is guiding you.  8 months ago I chose to be a master of my life and say….pause…so I could go through a growing season to prepare me for my destiny…being me with the new role as a mother.  You will always be you.  My goal is always be who I was created to be, no matter what hat I wear that day, hour or moment.  I hope you choose that to.

Spencer and I will have a goal to try to stay as unplugged as possible, while balancing the age of social media in which my job, passions and inspiration to you all flow.  Learning this will be a balancing act. I will continue to bring you content daily and weekly, but I will also make sure I am doing this as non invasive to my child and our life as possible i.e when my baby sleeps, naps etc. so that I don’t raise my child watching me on the phone or in the throws of business/work. This is something my husband and I feel strongly about, but we have also found that completely giving up my goals and dreams isn’t living my best life either. So, we will work on balance, on how to be present and how to be digital and how to run our business endeavors. My family and children will always come first, and my hope is yours do to.

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That was a rabbit trail that I hope encouraged someone.  This new season in my life is going to be filled with exciting things.  One of them being spit up, unwashed hair, and post partum.  The other, navigating my way through that, learning my son, and hopefully doing a lot more traveling!  I hope to continue to inspire you to live your best life in every area, and I hope you continue to follow my journey as a woman pursuing to live well in every area and learn along the way.  There will be the usual health, wellness, recipe, fitness, style posts along with my new journey… pregnancy, post partum (follow me on my journey to getting my body back), watch the mishaps and joys of a a new mama, baby and mama style inspo (because let’s face it and rumor has it…a good outfit may just save the day from absolutely loosing your beans…or at least a little lipstick to go with my milk soaked tank top),  recipes for not only you but baby and really whatever inspires me to inspire you!  I hope to have fun with you sharing my lifestyle, items I love, what works for me and everything in between. I hope to bring you not only beautiful images (why else do we scroll through anyone’s insta?…jk but kinda), but also real, raw, life moments (why else do we read anyone’s insta?…jk but kinda). There will be times of beauty and times of rawness (I don’t like the word ugly 🙂 ) Balance is a life well lived. Living well means process not perfection. Living well doesn’t mean having it all together. It means each day you wake up and purpose to get on your path and do at least 1 thing towards your emotional, physical, relational, spiritual and mental well being that is for the better….and sometimes that looks like getting a shower in..or taking a nap…folding all the laundry in one sitting.  Other days that means getting that business deal, kicking butt at your work out, being able to say …”Wow…i’ve nailed some discipline in my life”, cooking a bomb diggity meal, dressing up for your person looking sexy as ever and having the most amazing night…whatever it looks like and however you live….live well.

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I am around 31 weeks pregnant in these photos and I wore a size medium.  It does give a bit in the dress and stretches a bit.  Links are below to shop it!

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Photographer: zoerainaphotography.wix.com/zoerainaphotography

With love, truth, grace and wellness,

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