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...]

A Toxic Free Life With Giggle Lotions and Potions

  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 have lived as toxic free as possible. Removing unnecessary chemicals from our lives has been a pretty big mission of mine (my husband might even call me neurotic about it), and it hasn't always been an easy mission to accomplish. … [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

  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! How to Prevent 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. 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 the importance of using these truly organic (food grade organic to be exact) products for mama and baby everyday. You can read more about their baby products here.  How to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy (or any other point in your life for that matter) doesn't have to be some huge mystery or difficult task, it simply takes using the right product everyday. For me, its Shoosha's Stretch Mark Serum. And to be honest, I have friends who I have recommended this serum to that aren't pregnant, but use it to help get … [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...]

Acure Organics Baby Launch!

If you read our big announcement last week, you know that right now everything baby is on my brain - and skincare is a huge part of that. I'm always on the hunt for products that are great for our whole family, because let's face it - buying items we all can use makes my job a little easier. Last week, Acure Organics Baby officially launched and not only is the entire collection cute, colorful and smells great -  but it is free of toxins, allergens, and nonestrogenic (meaning no hormone disruptors). Everything was displayed so beautifully and I couldn't wait to dig in and learn about all these great products that I will most certainly be carrying around in my diaper bag, have in our future diaper changing station, and be present in our family bathroom. This 4-in-1 was one of my ultimate favorites! You can buy it in scented or non-scented and it is a shampoo, body wash, bubble bath and hand soap. (Oh hey Football Food and Motherhood!) Who doesn't love having everything right there for the whole family to use for infant tubby time to regular showers - it's the best! I also must add that whenever you are the parent of a newborn, you obviously aren't loading on the perfume as usual, so these great scents for both the wash and the baby lotion are perfect for layering to smell good and be safe for baby. The Baby's Day Out set, featured at the very bottom of this picture features their fix it, sunscreen, bug stick, and are perfect to have on hand and always in … [Read more...]

Get SMART About Your Beauty Routine

  Aging. This word makes me nervous and always has. My mom was handed her first anti-aging cream by her mother at age 30 and I always took that as a tip to start early with anything preventative that I could get my hands on. But I have found over the years that not all products are created equal and not all regimens fit into my busy mama life. I needed something that was effective (After all, I'm turning the big 3-0 this year!) and conducive to my life - so I got SMART with the new line of Clinique SMART products. Our days are hectic, just like everyone's. The alarm goes off promptly at 6am and you better bet that I'm running down the hall to try and wake sleeping Branden, because it takes quite a few shakes before he finally gets up to brush his teeth. He gets bused to school this year, which you all know has been an issue and completely turned our world upside down (if this is your first time reading, our bus pretty much never shows up). As much as I would love to spend time on myself in the morning, it's not really possible. So I wash my face and then apply my favorite Clinique SMART Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Custom Repair Moisturizer -always rubbing upwards! I've always used a moisturizer everyday to combat my oily skin, but this product has so many added benefits. I first love it's anti-aging components and the fact that it includes SPF. I swear - after becoming a mom I have become afraid of the sun and the fact that this product has sunscreen in it helps … [Read more...]