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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, but now that it’s Monday it’s time to get focused and ready for the week ahead!  We have a really exciting week in store because Addison is turing two on Saturday and we get to continue the celebrations with family celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday  I cannot believe my little girl is almost TWO and that she will be a big sister very soon.  I go through mixed emotions, but mostly thank God every day that I get to call this adorable, spunky, strong willed, smart girl my daughter.  Seriously, where does time go!?

If you are like me and feel like time just snuck up on you and still have yet to purchase the perfect gift for Mom, it’s time to get down to business and palace that online order (luckily two day shipping has our backs!).  I’ve rounded up some of the top items on my list this year including these PJ’s you all loved when I posted them on Instagram a few weeks ago.   With baby number two arriving later this summer I have also had my eye on this adorable personalized bracelet.  This would be the perfect gift for any new mom or new grandma if you have it engraved with the names of their new baby or grandchild.  While Mother’s Day isn’t about how many gifts you can get mom, even the smallest gift can be a grand gesture and the first step in telling them just how much they mean to you and how you truly appreciate all they do for you.  In our household I know that Addison, my husband and I would be seriously lost without her gram and grandma because it really does take a village even when you only have one kid!

How are you all celebrating this weekend, feel free to leave your Mother’s Day traditions in the comments below!

 

xo Ali

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Our Bath Time Routine With Mustela

Mustela Products : c/o Mustela || Addi’s Robe: Land Of Nod

Since the day we brought Addison home from the hospital I have been on the hunt for skin and bath products that work well with her skin.  She has always had combination skin (like her mama), sometimes dry and definitely on the more sensitive side.  I ways always afraid to try something new in fear that it would cause some kind of crazy reaction.   And, from talking to other new moms I know I wasn’t the only one with this concern.

At my baby shower I received a basket of Mustela products so it was one of the first brands I tried on my little babe.  I was immediately in love with the way it made her skin feel and as an extra bonus it has a smell that just reminds of “clean and fresh.”  Now that Addison is almost two, we still use the 2 – in – 1 wash and the hydra bebe body cream on a regular basis.  My little lady is just in love with baths and showers, she is definitely my water baby and doesn’t care if the water comes in the form of a tub, shower head or pool.  Each night after dinner we ask her “are you ready for your bath?” She usually screams “yesssss batthhhhhh!”  We head upstairs and get all her rubber ducks and bath toys out and start the process.  Sometimes, if my husband cooked dinner I’ll let him take charge of bath time while I clean up, but most nights we are up there together watching her splash around and play.  It’s too adorable to miss.

 While I’ve tried other skin products on Addison, I always find myself coming back to the brand we love.  I also know that when baby #2 arrives later this summer, her changing table will be filled with little blue and white bottles because once you find something you love why mess with a  good thing?

xo Ali

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Falling In Love With ThirdLove

Bra: c/0 ThirdLove || Robe: Pink Blush (another great option here)

I’ve never been terribly concerned about finding a bra that fits and I always just seemed to find one that was “good enough” or worked. I know a large part of that has to do with the fact I am smaller chested, and even though many might see that as a negative, I have always loved it.  However, since becoming pregnant for the second time I can honestly say finding supportive, comfortable and pretty undergarments has been a huge challenge.

I actually heard about ThirdLove from my mom and when I received their 24/7 classic t-shirt bra in the mail to try I was excited to see if it was as amazing as everyone said.  I can honestly say I have yet to find a bra that is as comfortable and stylish as this one.  The fit isn’t the only thing I love about this bra, the little gold details, small ruffles on the straps, and fun vibrant purple color make a simple bra even better. All of their bras also come in half sizes because as I am learning, not everyone can fit in the standard cup sizes.   I am also have a huge soft spot in my heart for a company that gives back and while you can read more about ThirdLove’s mission on their website they have donated more than $1 million in bras to women in need since 2013.  Pretty amazing.

You can shop some of my other favorite styles below or visit ThirdLove.com to try out a bra for free!

xo Ali

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My Post Baby Skin Care Routine
I have suffered my whole life with less than perfect skin. In my teen years my skin was very oily and I got constant breakouts.  Then in college, after years of dermatologist visits, my skin seemed to normalize.  I’d get an occasional blemish and breakout, but nothing I couldn’t handle.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out I hit my 20’s and all of a sudden my face started break out again.  Not just small breakouts but crazy acne and I all of a sudden I felt like my 13 year old self again.  Fast forward a few years and a bunch of different combos of prescription treatments later I was starting to love my skin again.  Then I got pregnant and at first nothing changed, but once I hit my second trimester I felt like my skin had taken a serious turn for the worse.
Now, almost nine months post baby, I feel like my once pretty oily skin has turned somewhat dry and  lifeless. While used to get breakouts along my t-zone area I am now finding I get tiny little bumps down by my chin.  So,  few weeks ago I decided it was time I change things up and took a ride to my local Sephora.  After almost an hour at the store with one of the makeup artists I left feeling like I had not only some great new color products but a great moisturizer set that has been doing wonders for my complexion.  I know a skincare routine is a very personal thing, but here is what is in my beauty arsenal as of late:
Aveno Blemish Control: I love this scrub because I really feel like it is taking away the dead dry skin while keeping my blemishes in check. I used to use really harsh benzyol peroxide based products but now product is a great alternative for me.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation: I am in love with this cream!  While it is still oil-free I love how my skin absorbs this day cream.  At $65 it’s not super cheap, but as far as skin creams go it’s not super expensive either.
Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Cream: Confession, I have never used a night cream before, but after using this product for a few weeks I am a total convert.  After the first week I saw the dry patches on my skin start to disappear, and I also saw the clogged pores by my chin go away.  This product also comes in a night treatment, but having to apply one product to my face instead of two after cleansing at night saves me a few minutes before bed.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Super Charged Foundation: I was a little skeptical when the sales associate pulled this product for me since I didn’t even know Marc Jacobs had a beauty line. This oil free foundation is one of the first I have tried that offers pretty great coverage.  It lasts around 8 hours without having to touch it up much, which is great for a mom on the go.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Coverage Concealer: Most days I use this to cover up the bags under my eyes and the few small blemishes on my face.  It has great coverage and a little goes a long way.

Kat Von D Two Tone Blush: Out of all the brands out there I would have never chosen this line or color combination but I couldn’t be happier with the overall look.  The darker shade on the pallete gives your cheeks a great pop of color while the lighter shade highlights your cheeks bones.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara: I have small stumpy eyelashes and I have pretty much tried every mascara wand out there.  After just one stroke I can really see my lashes pop and as an added bonus it doesn’t smudge so you don’t end up with black under your eyes.

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick: Typically I only wear lipstick when I’m out for a night with my girlfriends or my husband, but I wanted to find a color that I could wear on a daily basis without looking like I am trying too hard.  I opted for the Dusty Rose by Bite and it gives me that little something extra to make me look pulled together.

xo Ali