First Time Mom and Losing It

Friday, October 24, 2014

Easily Live Beautifully with the Walmart Suave Hub

This post is sponsored by Global Influence. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Being a first time mom anything beauty related was just not on my to do list. Now that my "baby" is an independent toddler I have a little more time for myself. I have learned how to get myself ready and quickly with a little toddler running around.

The best advice I have is to get as much as you can prepared the night before. If I am going out with the little one the next day I make sure to have my diaper bag ready with a change of clothes, healthy snacks and her sippy cup ready in the fridge. I then take her outfit and my outfit and lay them out. After that I take out all of the make-up I will be using and put them in a travel size make up bag. Finally I wash my hair the night before then I sleep with a microfiber towel on my head to let my hair dry as much as possible.

The next day I take a shower with the towel still on making sure not to get my hair or the towel wet. I then take my curling iron or my flat iron out and start doing my hair. It is easier and faster doing your hair when it is damp or dry. Next comes the makeup and getting dressed. Finally I get the little diva dressed, get the sippy cup from the fridge, the diaper bag over the shoulder and out the door we go.

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See how you can live beautifully with savings on Suave products only at Walmart!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Youphoria Yoga Mats Review

I finally did Yoga this weekend and loved how relaxed it made me feel. I have wanted to start doing Yoga on Sundays just to give me some time to relax and stretch out while also working out. I tried doing it on top of my area rug before but that wasn't so comfortable. I finally got through a whole 30 minute yoga workout with the help of my Youphoria Yoga Mat!

The first thing I noticed about the Youphoria Yoga Mat was that it didn't have a chemical odor to it. About a year ago I bought one from a discount store and threw it away soon after because I didn't like how it smelled. It was also pretty thin and didn't have much cushion to it. The Youphoria mat is really thick and dense so I felt a nice cushion even on my tailbone as I rolled up.

The grip on the Youphoria mat is also super tight as I didn't feel any slippage even when my palms were sweaty. I felt like the super thick mat and the extra grip really helped me complete the 30 minute workout. When I tried a few times before I gave up within 5 minutes because I just wasn't comfortable. This mat really helped and I feel like it is great for beginners just like me.

The Youphoria yoga mats are 24" x 72" and 1/4" (6mm) thick. It is made of high density memory foam that helps you stabilize your hands and feet during yoga poses or workouts and gives joint relief without losing balance. It is also eco-friendly, SGS Approved and free from Phthalates.

You can learn more about the Youphoria Yoga Mat and order one for yourself on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mia Mariu's RestauraCel-C Thermal Microdermabrasion + Giveaway!

Microdermabrasion is a great way to get younger looking by helping to diminish the the look of wrinkles, scars and uneven skin tone. It works by buffing away the top layers of your skin. As a stay at home mom I don't have the time or do I want to spend the money to go to a salon to get it done.

I was pretty curious and excited to try Mia Mariu's RestauraCel-C Thermal Microdermabrasion Set because I have tried their make-up line before and loved it. The RestauraCel-C buffs away dead surface cells, signs of sun damage and discoloration for immediate smooth and soft skin. It also helps reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, acne scars and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It is non-irritating and oil, paraben and fragrance free. Some of the main ingredients are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids.

Using the product was super easy too. All you have to do is take a dime sized amount of the Re-finisher Cream and add a few drops of the Thermal Activator. Mix it into the palms of your hand and apply to your face in a circular motion. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

After trying the product for the first time my skin felt really soft and smooth. I also noticed that my skin was brighter and more even. You can learn more about Mia Mariu's Skin Care and Make-Up Line on their website: Mia Mariu

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Aveeno® Eczema Therapy Give Me Eczema Relief!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

I have been dealing with Eczema for a while now and get bad flare ups on my neck. Things get worse when it's hot outside or when I sweat at the gym. I used to get some relief when the fall and cooler weather came along but now that I go to the gym my flare ups have been year-round.

When I heard about the AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Collection I was excited to try it. The AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Collection was created with leading dermatologists and awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance because it provides gentle, superior ingredients to soothe skin with eczema. The collection uses the best ingredients in nature to help with the four symptoms of eczema: itch, roughness, dryness and irritation.

The first product I used was the AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream. I loved how thick it was and the great coverage on my neck that lasted a long time. I put it on in the afternoon and it lasted my entire workout until I went home and showered. I also loved how it soothed my skin and didn't get irritated. I had experiences with other creams where it would itch and sting right when I put the cream on.

Next I used the AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Hand Cream which was perfect for my super dry hands. With a toddler around I am constantly washing and sanitizing my hands. This makes my hands really dry and sometimes scaly. I loved how smooth  and soft it made my hands feel. I can't wait to try it during the winter time when my hands are at their worst.

Lastly I used the AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Bath Treatment a couple of times a week. It was easy to sprinkle into my bathwater and dissolved easily. I soaked in it for about 20 minutes and loved how soothed and soft my skin felt.

I have been using these three products for about 3 weeks now and they really do work. It has helped my skin, especially in my neck immensely. I will continue to use these products and highly recommend them to anyone who suffers from Eczema or has really dry skin.

October is National Eczema Awareness Month, Did you know that approximately 35 million
infants, children and adults suffer from eczema?

You can learn more at the AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Website: Be sure to follow Aveeno on Facebook for all of the latest news on their products and tips on skincare.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Creative Galaxy Show Makes Learning Art Fun!

Creative Galaxy is an amazing show for toddlers and preschoolers that teaches them art, being creative, shapes, colors, building and so much more. It's bright and colorful and the characters are adorable.

Creative Galaxy is produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero who works with Blue's Clues and Super Why. Characters like Arty and Epiphany travel around the galaxy to solve problems with art through crafts, music and dance.

My 2 1/2 year old loved it! Since she already knows her colors and shapes she was able to answer the questions the characters asked. She was super proud of herself when she got them all right. In the first episode we learned how to create art using Pointillism. I loved how they explained it by using paints and pom poms. Though my daughter couldn't say pointillism she got the point of it by mimicking the characters as they said "dot, dot, dot."

As a mom I loved how they showed clips of real kids creating projects that went along with the lesson learned. They showed kids using bingo dabbers, paints and pom poms to create art such as a pom pom pizza and a spaceship out of the technique of pointillism and paint.

To reinforce the lesson she learned about pointillism we did an art project using circle stickers and a rainbow. I did an Internet search for "bingo dabber rainbow printable" and got tons of hits. Then I printed one out and set the stickers out for my daughter. When she saw the stickers she said "dot, dot, dot." I pointed to each color and she told me what each one was. Then I put a sticker on the first dot of each color of the rainbow and guided her as she put the rest of the stickers. She totally loves stickers so it was super fun for her to aim in the circle and stick on each sticker. When my husband got home she ran to him with her rainbow and yelled "Daddy! Dot, dot, dot!" My husband looks at me and I explained to him how we learned all about pointillism today.

I think a show like this is super important as you see less and less arts and crafts in schools. This show would be a great addition to any toddler and preschool learning at home. Make sure you have lots of craft supplies on hand as you see the episodes because your child is going to be so inspired to be creative!

Go check out Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime Instant Video!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Healthier Arroz Con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)

One of the easiest things to make with the ingredients I always have on hand is Arroz Con Pollo (Rice with Chicken). I decided to take my family recipe and make it a bit healthier by using brown rice instead of white, boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of skin-on chicken pieces and less oil.

Healthier Arroz Con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Achiote seeds (Annatto Seeds)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup Sofrito
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 3/4 water
  1. In a small pan add oil and achiote seeds. Fry until the seeds begin to sizzle. Strain out the seeds and add oil to an electric pressure cooker. Turn on the brown setting. 
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and add to hot pressure cooker. Brown each side of chicken thigh and take out and set aside. 
  3. Add sofrito and salt to pressure cooker and cook stirring around for a couple of minutes. 
  4. Clean and drain rice and add to pressure cooker with sofrito. Mix around and cook rice for about a minute. 
  5. Nestle chicken thighs on top of rice and add any juices that have accumulated. Add the water and cover and seal the pressure cooker. 
  6. Cook on high pressure for 22 minutes. After the cook time let the steam naturally escape for 20 minutes. 
Serves 4 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: 37 Weeks In!

Weight: I gained  2.8 pounds for an adjusted total of 51.4 pounds lost. I am finally fed up with the scale and will be only weighing in every other week. I know there is no way I gained almost 3 pounds this week but it still is not fun seeing that number. I know I am getting smaller because I literally had nothing to wear when I wanted to go to the zoo and date night. All of my v-neck shirts fit me too big especially around the neck and chest area. I took all of my old t-shirts and put them with my gym clothes because they were all too big. These jeans that I bought a couple of weeks ago already fit me too big and I had to put on a belt. So happy that I have an excuse to go clothes shopping again!

Nutrition: I did so well with my eating 5 1/2 days of the week. I had smoothies for breakfast, lots of veggies and salads. Tons of healthy snacks like hummus and baby cucumbers and nuts. On Tuesday I enjoyed some food from the food court at the zoo and on Wednesday I went all out on a date with my husband with popcorn, a super fried dinner and dessert. After the date night I made sure to eat super healthy and clean the rest of the week

Exercise: I started my week by taking my daughter to the zoo for the first time. It was awesome to be able to walk the whole zoo without getting tired. I got tons of steps in and ran around with my little toddler. I went to the gym 3 times this week and enjoyed an elliptical workout I found on Pinterest. I also got up to 18 minutes on the Arc trainer which is my all time high. It was nice going to the gym at night because it was so empty and so peaceful. I was proud that I hit the gym all three days and even went back to back on Friday and Saturday!

Last Weeks Goals:
  • Gym or DVD 3 times - GOAL MET
  • Strength training 3 times
  • Up water intake - GOAL MET
  • Continue vitamins and probiotics - GOAL MET
  • Try a healthy dessert - GOAL MET
  • Drink at least one cup of green tea a day
This Weeks Goals:
  • Gym or DVD 3 times
  • Strength training 3 times
  • Use the dehydrator to make snacks
  • Drink at least one cup of green tea a day

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