A Busy Mom’s Guide to Winter Skincare

January 22, 2018

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I moved from Michigan to California about ten years ago and since then have learned a few things about caring for my skin during the winter. Now that I’m in my thirties and have three little children, remembering to take care of my skin, and finding the time to do it, is often difficult. So I’ve rounded up a few of my best tips for taking care of your skin during those cold winter months….and the best part is they are all super easy and super fast! I’ve partnered with one of my favorite brands, Dove, for this post.

1. Drink plenty of water. File this tip under things that are just plain good for you. I have a giant water bottle I carry around with me at all times and make it a point to fill it up multiple times a day. Staying hydrated will help your skin stain moisturized even in the dry winter air.

2. Use sunscreen! It seems like a given during the warmer months, but don’t forget to use sunscreen in the winter too. Dove dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba reminds us that the sun is still out, even if you don’t see it, and the sun’s reflection on any snow can be particularly damaging. So wear your sunscreen. I use a moisturizer every morning with SPF 30 and I have SPF in my makeup too.

3. Care for your underarms. The skin under my arms is super sensitive, especially in the winter. Dr. Alicia Barba says wearing lots of layers of clothes can of irritate underarm skin. Underneath all of those layers you’ll need an antiperspirant that is formulated with moisturizers to help alleviate irritation. I started using Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant about a year ago and love that it leaves me with softer and smother underarms.

4. Exfoliate gently. Don’t go overboard, but gently exfoliate your skin in the shower regularly. You’ll want to use a gentle soap (and not scrub too hard). I like to use Dove’s body wash with a loofa. Exfoliating your skin regularly will help get rid of that dead skin and keep you feeling fresh. But if you do it too often or too hard you can dehydrate your skin, so be careful!

5. Detoxify once a week. During the winter I like to use a mask every now and then to tone and purify my skin. I typically do this at night for a few minutes after the kids have all gone to bed.

6. Take care of your lips! Keeping your lips moisturized is essential in the winter. I LOVE to use Lanolin on my lips. Most breastfeeding moms already have this in their home. It’s nice and thick and stays on for a long time. Perfect for the winter!

7. Use a humidifier. A humidifier in your bedroom at night can be life changing during the dry winter months! Adding some humidity to the air can help your skin feel better…and help you if you have a stuffy nose too!

8. Take a multivitamin. You should do this year round…but it’s really important in the winter too. I like to take an extra dose of vitamin D in the winter too.

9. Wear gloves. This one may seem silly. But usually when I’m trying to wrangle three kids in their winter gear I often forget about bundling up myself. Gloves help protect the sensitive skin on your hands from the cold. My hands are especially prone to being extra dry in the winter, and one trip outside without gloves will make everything way worse. So protect your hands!

10. Get a pedicure! I know it sounds crazy to get a pedicure in the winter, but it’s the perfect time! My feet are neglected when it’s cold and in desperate need of a little extra attention. I had a pedicure the other day and it really helped my poor, dry, winter feet! I had to wait a little longer for my nails to dry (since I had to put on socks and boots!) but it was totally worth it.

I choose to use Dove Advanced Care because it also cares for your skin and provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection. I used to suffer from razor burn under my arms and regular deodorant seemed to irritate my skin and make it worse. Once I switched to Dove Advanced Care my skin felt so much better. Check out Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant online here.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant.

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Babies Don't Keep

January 17, 2018

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It's not fair, how fast this baby stage flies by. I blinked and my sweet babe turned 10 months old. Which is basically a year old. Someone hold me.

We are confident that Belle is our last baby...but she's just growing so fast that even my husband said "I guess we need to have another one!" last night. He was kidding. I think. Because we feel complete as a family of five. But dang, if anyone would convince us to have another baby, it's this girl. She's just so perfect. 

She has about a zillion nicknames. I call her Belle or Bellie. Or "the cutest muffin of all the muffins", or just "muffin" for short. Hudson, Sadie, and Jon all call her "deet deet" because that's what she babbles the most and the name sort of stuck. Sadie calls her "Ann-belle" or "baby Belle" or "sissy". And really we all just are wrapped around her little finger. Can you blame us? She's our favorite. Lucky girl.

Belle has been pulling up to a standing position for about a week now....and I have to muster all the restraint I have in me to not make her sit back down. Doesn't she know she's the baby, and that means she needs to stay a baby forever? No walking!!!! But I don't, mostly because she's just so dang proud of herself.

I continue to be her favorite person, and I'm not complaining about it. But she LOVES her brother and sister. Her little face lights up when she sees them and she loves to watch them play. It's adorable. Basically this girl will probably get away with anything as she gets older. Being the baby of the family has some perks! 

Belle is still a thumb sucker, and it's the sweetest thing ever. She only does it when she tired, and it's so dang cute. I think it's also the reason why she's such a great sleeper too! Most nights she sleeps 6:45pm - 7am. And it's amazing!

I love shopping for cute clothing for this sweet girl. I recently discovered the Little Planet organic line of clothing from one of my favorite brands, Carter's. Belle is wearing this adorable striped organic jumpsuit, and it's so sweet on her! Carter's believes you don’t have to sacrifice unique styles and patterns to dress your child in organic clothing. That’s why they’ve introduced their new 100% organic collection, Little Planet, which is filled with bright and colorful items at an exceptional value that will stand out from the rest. This is organic clothing for real life. Each item is 100% certified organic, made from 100% organic cotton, knitting and dyes. And it's all adorable. 

 It's so hard to find affordable and cute organic clothing! Little Planet is perfect for my kids, especially since I already love and trust the Carter's brand and style and they always have a great price point. The Little Planet line is available in basics, outfit sets, and jammies in sizes newborn to 5T, so there is something for everyone!

Little Planet will be available at Carter's in January 2018. Although it is available online only, you can order the product online and ship it to any Carter’s store for free! What items are your favorite? I think that Belle might need these adorable dinosaur pjs!

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The Trouble with Tummies

January 16, 2018

A few weeks ago Belle was pretty sick. Nothing major, just a bad cold and upset tummy, but it lasted several days. Her upset stomach cased some pretty gross diapers, which resulted in the worst diaper rash I've ever seen. It was so bad that I didn't know what to do, and ended up calling the pediatrician on Christmas Eve. My poor girl. I learned a few new things for treating upset tummies and diaper rash that I thought I'd share with all of you!

Under the advice of our pediatrician, I found a great mix of treatments that finally worked to beat that diaper rash! First, we changed her diaper frequently and I tried to keep her as dry as possible.

Second, we let her "roam free" for a little while. Air is the best at fighting diaper rash, so I turned up the heat, put towels down, and let her crawl around without a diaper or pants. The big kids could NOT get over this and had SO MANY QUESTIONS. Thankfully Belle never had an accident and loved being free.

Next, I alternated between a 50-50 mix of lotrimin and A&D ointment, and a 50-50 mix of lotrimin and a max strength zinc oxide diaper cream. This is what finally knocked out the diaper rash.

Once it finally started to get better I followed up with a mix of coconut oil and frankincense oil. I also made sure Belle got plenty of liquids to drink.

During this whole ordeal I learned the importance of keeping a baby's gut healthy. Belle's stomach was so upset, which lead to some awful diapers, which resulted in the diaper rash. Such a vicious cycle!

Every mother wants to give her baby all that she needs to grow up healthy and strong. We all do. I recently was introduced to Evivo, the first and only probiotic that is clinically proven to restore a baby’s gut microbiome to its original, natural state.

The results of over a decade of research and clinical trials at The University of California created Evivo. They learned that the presence of B. infantis, the good bacteria, reduces the potentially harmful bacteria linked to eczema, allergies, diabetes and obesity. Unfortunately, due to modern medical practices and lifestyles, the vast majority of American babies no longer have it. And that’s why moms like me want to find a way to restore it in my baby’s gut right from the start, so my baby can be healthy from day 1.

The first and only baby probiotic of its kind, Evivo is clinically proven to restore a healthy gut in your baby. Evivo is a daily probiotic powder that you mix with breast milk and feed it to your baby. It helps release nutrients in breast milk to create a protective internal environment in your baby’s gut. It also helps develop baby’s metabolism and immune system and builds the foundation for good health that can last a lifetime.

No wonder Evivo is the best probiotic for babies! You can feed your baby Evivo every day for as long as he or she is consuming breast milk.

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Check out this cute video I made showing how we use Evivo!

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Playroom Makeover

January 11, 2018

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Playroom Makeover with Hypoallergenic Alternative to Carpet | Air.o Unified Soft Flooring

I’m pinching myself. We have an official playroom! Ever since we built this house we’ve been dreaming of the day when we could finish our basement. It’s massive, cold, and basically a place for the kids to jump on the trampoline and for us to store all our junk. The thought of making over our gigantic basement was just way too overwhelming. So, we decided to start with just one room and go from there. And I am SO glad we did. I partnered with Mohawk Flooring and used their hypoallergenic Air.o Unified Soft Flooring (USF) to complete the space and it turned out so perfect!

Here is what our basement corner room looked like before we started. You can’t see in this photo, but only two walls had drywall, the other two were just framed out. We used this room for our treadmill, the kid’s giant trampoline, and my husband’s video games. Jon works from home one day a week and typically uses this room, so we knew it would be a great place to start. I also wanted to utilize this giant room more. I wanted a place where the kids could comfortably play with their toys and have enough room to run around and burn some energy during the winter!

To get started I hired a company to complete the drywall for us and then my mom and Jon painted the walls for me (I’m so lucky to have their help!). The paint is called Grey Owl. Then the Air.o flooring was installed by Verhey Carpets East….and my entire family is in love with it! I chose Air.o for this space because our basement is so cold and really needs soft flooring to help warm it up! We’ve always had issues with carpet because Jon has a lot of allergies, so we were thrilled to learn that this flooring is hypoallergenic. Air.o’s fibers and integrated cushion do not absorb moisture, so it dries faster and more completely after spills and cleaning…which is perfect for a basement playroom! It also means that mold, mildew, and other allergens that require moisture to grow and spread won’t be an issue with this flooring. Air.o’s unique construction provides superior airflow to your flooring, which helps release dirt, dust, and soil from the floor when you vacuum, leaving you with a cleaner home.

And here’s the playroom now. It turned out so amazing and the kids are so excited!

This little reading nook is my favorite! I’ve been wanting to add these book ledges to a space in our home for forever and this was the perfect spot.

The kids love having their books on display. Let’s see how long it stays looking this cute.

Toy storage was a must for this room. We have toys EVERYWHERE and I’m so excited to have a dedicated space for them!

Play all day is the motto in our house.

It’s crazy how much brighter this room is now that we have paint and flooring.

I have big plans to make this corner the “camp out” section of the playroom. I’m so excited to have the perfect spot for our teepee.

Wrigley is loving the new space and carpet too.

I am so happy with our choice of flooring for this room. Air.o is latex, odor, and VOC-free and I noticed right away that there was no new flooring smell after it was installed. The flooring has tension-free construction, so it lays flat as soon as it’s unrolled. Once it’s down, it will stay flat forever! Such a great investment – and perfect for a family like ours.

Check out Air.o flooring and you could win $1,000 to use toward flooring in your home.

I am thrilled with how the playroom turned out! I know we will enjoy this room for many years to come.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mohawk Flooring Air.o Unified Soft Flooring (USF).

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