Feel Beautiful Everyday With Vera Wang Embrace Collection

This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. There is just SOMETHING about a great fragrance that can truly change my outlook on everything. Think about how magical it is to grab a great glass of wine and light your favorite candle - that scent can elevate your mood and just put things into perspective. I feel the same way about the fragrances that I choose - they MUST be able to do the same thing. This is what I love about the Vera Wang Embrace Collection and its newest addition - Marigold & Gardenia. Both light and floral, this fragrance offers up fruity notes that are strong enough to smell, but not bold enough to overtake your own confidence. Being pregnant, I had been on the prowl for something that made me feel confident again, yet was chic enough to wear everyday. The new Marigold & Gardenia has certainly provided me with that and then some! The Marigold and Gardenia fragrance is the newest member of the Vera Wang Embrace Collection and if you are a Vera Wang fan, you know how important it is to her that her customers feel confident and beautiful, and this fragrance is no different. If you have followed along from the beginning, you know how important that is to me. We are all mamas who feel a certain way about our bodies before, during and after pregnancy and there is nothing that really compares to finding something that makes you feel wonderful ... Read More

Defy Aging With Luzern Laboratories

  Defy aging. Definitely two words that we say an awful lot as women. It's on our minds as we look in the mirror, as our kids get older, and most certainly around our birthday. As I mentioned before, this big 3-0 is coming this year for me, so working towards preventing wrinkles and keeping my skin detoxified and hydrated are up there on my beauty to do list. Luzern Laboratories products have come into my life and are becoming a part of my daily defying process. Being pregnant and knowing that I'm turning 30 this year leaves me examining my body an awful lot. What is changing? What's staying the same - so far? And most important - how can I combat anything that I see that I'm not liking? Luzern Laboratories offers a full line of skincare, but I have been testing out their renowned serums, which are highly concentrated, custumizable, and will target your very specific needs. They totally get that skincare isn't a one size fits all situation. I have been using the Serum Aboslut Control to help battle breakouts. I generally have breakout prone skin, but being pregant I have been getting all that not-so-lovely hormonal acne, so this has truly been helping. Then, their Serum Absolut Luminious has been a life saver for getting rid of my dark circles. Mine aren't really triggered by anything, I've just had them all my life and they are a pain in the butt to get rid of - this really helps! I mentioned last week on Facebook (read about it here + my funny ... Read More

Shaking Up My Summer Routine With Aixallia

  This post was sponsored by Aixallia as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Ahhh beautiful summer. Sunshine, clear skies and time with our littles as they toddle around, home from school for summer break. It might be the pregnancy or it might be the fact that I've gotten wiser as I've gotten older, but I want to be able to turn to products that are pure. When my husband or son as for hand cream while were out at the playground, I was to rummage through my mom bag and hand them something that I feel good about them using, which is why I love Aixallia. I'll be super honest with you all, my current beauty regimen includes an awful lot of drugstore brand products that probably aren't the best for my skin with some higher price-point items thrown into the mix. I'm not always consistent and that definitely needs to change. Aixallia skincare and cleansing products come straight from the South of France and offer an organic alternative that smells fresh and feels even better. They have such a wide array of products and all of them are go-tos in all of our daily lives. There really isn't a single product here that you could live without such as exfoliating shower gel, lotion, hand cream, and my absolute favorite - their stellar makeup remover! I've been searching for something like this that not only makes my life easier, but leaves me with a deep down clean that I can actually feel. The cool ... Read More

Pour Moi Beauty – For the Girl on the Go {Giveaway}

  Being the girl who is always, always on the prowl for the latest in beauty products, I was completely blown away being introduced to Pour Moi Beauty products, and for more reasons than you probably think. This innovative brand is delicate enough for the most sensitive skin (aka my pregnant skin right now), but is also doing big things in the beauty industry, setting them apart from every other brand on the market. I know you are curious now! Whether you are big on traveling or not, there is no doubt that the difference in climate from season to season or destination to destination affects us. We can easily feel more sluggish in the heat and feel our skin get dry in the cold - but what are we doing to change that? Pour Moi Beauty has recognized the impact that those changes have on our skin and have created a system that allows you to change your beauty routine based on the climate for wherever you are at. Pour Moi Beauty products make the travel transition so much easier on your skin and travel in general. Each product is TSA approved so that you can slip it into your carry on and bring it into the plane with you. Speaking of this topic, did you know that if you pack beauty products into your luggage that is stored under the plane, the air pressure is actually different and will ruin your products? I had no idea until speaking with the ladies at Pour Moi Beauty, so even more reasons to try out their collection. All of those things that we use our ... Read More

A Mother’s Glow {Giveaway}

  You really don't realize it until you are pregnant yourself how much truth there is to mother's actually glowing. It definitely starts during pregnancy when you just ooze happiness and excitement about the arrival of your wee one. But it doesn't stop there. I've noticed over the years just how much I glow whenever I watch Branden meet his goals, accomplish something major, or just have a moment that is filled with pride - those times yield lots of glowing, too. We also inherit so many of our favorite features we have from our moms, whether they are physical or emotional, and they make us who we are - beautiful from the inside out. There are so many things that I feel so fortunate to have inherited from my mom. First, and most important, she has taught me to always be kind and compassionate - two features that I feel we don't see enough in people today and could certainly use more of in this world. In terms of beauty, I have definitely inherited her youthful nature and know that I will be so lucky to age and not look like it. (Though this now results in people thinking that I am Branden's nanny and getting carded anytime I want a drink at a bar, even though I'll be 30 this year.) But for those times when we need an actual glow - as in "my skin is making me look pale as a ghost," turning to my friends at Palm Beach Tan is seriously the way to go! For me, this is always the time of year whenever I'm itching for that sunless glow if I don't have a beach ... Read More

Being Bold At The LISTERINE® Lab

  Last week, my office for the day got to be the amazing Listerine Lab in New Jersey where I not only got to go behind the scenes and learn so many important and interesting things about LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, but was faced with the question: what makes me bold? I'm not going to lie - I had a really tough time thinking about an answer because I kinda classify myself as being more on the quiet side. But the more I thought about it, the more clearer the answer became. First and foremost, after doing a great deal of research, LISTERINE® found that their users all have something in common that sets them apart from people who aren't using these products: they are bold. LISTERINE® users are more likely to do things like eat spicy foods, plan a trip on a whim, and quit their job to follow their dreams. As a blogger, there are definitely moments where we must step outside our comfort zones and truly be bold, as with any other job. But with blogging, I literally stepped away from a corporate position - steady paycheck and all - to pursue the dream of starting my own business and freelance writing, doing something that I really love. It hasn't been easy, and truth be told, there have been more difficult days than great ones. But, whenever those great days hit, it's the best feeling in the whole world. I have a career that gives me flexibility and the the ability to be at home with my kids. I'd say that's pretty bold. We have always been a "swishing" ... Read More

Giggle Baby Store Must Haves For A Toxic Free Life

  A first peak at the new giggle baby store lotions and potions collection for home, kids and baby - why we're loving it and know you will, too. This post contains affiliate links.  Giggle Baby Store Must Haves For A Toxic Free Life I sit down each night and look down at my growing belly and can't imagine letting anything harmful happen to this little baby growing inside me. This is a promise that we make each and every pregnancy, and even though we can't control everything, living a toxic free life is something that we can do now for our children who turn to us for everything. First things first, whenever you are pregnant in the city (ANY city hehe), giggle is the place to shop for the latest gear from all of the cool baby brands. Recently, they started their own brand, making parenting must-haves such as bedding, layette, furniture and more. Their newest addition is the giggle lotions and potions collection and as a mommy-to-be - I am completely hooked! I have no problem admitting that I wasn't as informed of a parent as I am now whenever I was pregnant with B. I kinda went through the motions, put what was recommended to me by family members on my baby registry and my biggest concern was having the cutest wardrobe for the little guy growing inside me. Fast forward a few years and working in the parenting space has completely immersed me in the best of the best on the market, what to avoid, and what to make sure we always have on hand. For years we ... Read More

Reverse Your Routine

  This post is sponsored by TRESemmé, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It always interests me to think back to my childhood or hear about my parent’s childhoods and talk about what was done differently than things are now. Let’s face it – times, they are a-changing! Just this past weekend my mom and younger sister were visiting us in the city, and we all know how different us city dwellers live than the Pittsburgeese, so quite a few times I found them shrugging their shoulders at the way I did different things around our apartment. Then, I introduced them to the new TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Collection, and let them sit in awe at how magical this reverse routine is on their hair. If you are like me, you are always on the hunt for a styling routine that actually does what It promises to do, smells good, and bring my flat hair to life. This routine is it! I’ve always been loyal to TRESemmé, as I really love their products, but the new collection takes things to a whole new level because each product caters to my main need: lack of volume. Watch the video here: It might sound a little crazy at first, but I promise that if you stick to reversing your routine with the TRESemme Beauty Full Volume Collection, you will wonder why you have been doing it the other way your entire life! You simply start by using the Pre-wash conditioner, rinse, then follow with the Beauty-Full Volume shampoo. I recommend towel ... Read More

How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

  If you are a mommy to be, you are looking for tips for how to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. So today, I'm sharing the path I am taking with Shoosha, a Food Grade Organic must-have for both mom and baby (it also helps stretch marks after pregnancy). This post contains affiliate links. How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy My belly is changing, and if you are pregnant mama, then yours is, too! Preventing stretch marks during pregnancy is a huge concern to me because I managed to do it the first time around and would like to keep my belly stretch mark free as much as possible this time around, too. I mentioned last week that I would be sharing my secret so this week - so here it is! Tips For Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy I just started my stretch mark prevention efforts this week at 17 weeks because I can start to feel a stretching in my skin and just knew that it was time. I was lucky not to get any stretch marks during my first pregnancy and I decided that I was going to do my very best to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy this time, too.  Last year, I met the owner of one of my favorite companies, and knew that once we got pregnant again that Shoosha would become a part of my pregnancy journey and belly story. I want to stress that this isn't a sponsored post, as I reached out to Shoosha after meeting with their owner last year and following their story. I really stand behind these products and wanted to shed light on ... Read More

Get Ready For Spring With Palm Beach Tan

  The weather is just incredible in the city this week and I can barely believe that it was in the 30's Monday morning whenever I was taking B to school! But since spring is officially making it's presence, its time to get ourselves ready to shed some layers and pull out our spring clothes. One of the things that always makes me feel super confident and ready to start spring off with a bang is a good tan, and I'm loving Palm Beach Tan and everything that they offer! Being pregnant this spring/summer, I won't be jumping into a tanning bed, but Palm Beach Tan offers truly incredible spray tans that I just can't resist! They are the nations largest indoor tanning company with over 400 locations nationwide (so don't forget to scroll down and enter our amazing giveaway to try them out for yourself!) and offers customers the latest spray tanning systems, state-of-the-art sunbeds and the industry’s most extensive selection of tanning and skincare products. Spray tans and tanning in general isn't what it was 5-10 years ago, it really is a very natural looking experience - no orange skin, no streaks, nada! So, here I am (pictured below) on the way to Palm Beach Tan with their new Platinum Collection in tow. It comes with both a bronzer and an intensifier than leaves your skin feeling great and smelling great (since we all know some tanning products carry a nasty smell). So whether you are heading somewhere tropical and glorious or want to fake that you are, ... Read More