DIY Hydrating Face Mask

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DIY Hydrating Face Mask

It’s the middle of winter and goodness knows we could all use a little exfoliation and moisturizing. This easy to create face mask will do just that for you! The strawberries and banana exfoliate while the yogurt and honey moisturize. The cinnamon helps bind everything together and adds a nice aroma!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 banana
  • 7-8 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp greek plain yogurt

Instructions:

Heat honey in microwave for 10 seconds. Blend ingredients together. Put mask on for 5-10 minutes in the bathtub or shower and follow with your favorite moisturizer. Enjoy!

A Little Exercise Inspiration

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So it’s the middle of January and about -10 degrees outside. Any resolutions we have made are a few weeks in and you may be starting to lose your inspiration. Therefore, I thought I’d provide some inspiration to keep us motivated!

Benefits of Exercise:

1. It will lift your mood and provides stress relief. That’s reason enough. Exercise helps reorganize the brain so it doesn’t have such a strong response to stress.

2.Exercising can help prevent cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and cancer. Whew. That’s a long list.

3. Surprisingly, exercise will boost your energy! It delivers oxygen to your cells and helps your cardiovascular system work more effectively.

4. Even just minimizing your sedentary activity has health benefits! It doesn’t have to take bootcamp to keep you healthy.

5. Exercise can prevent cognitive decline! Exercising, particularly between the ages of 25 and 45, can prevent degeneration of the hippocampus and keep our brain rockin’ for that much longer.

Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy:

1. You’re less likely to gain as much weight! If that’s not motivation I don’t know what is.

2. It will ease your aches and pains. It may seem counter-intuitive but exercise can help relieve some of that back pain you’ve been experiencing.

3. Your baby will be healthier! Not only will they be less likely to be overweight in childhood but they will be more athletic, have a healthier heart, and will be smarter.

4. You’ll keep your immune system strong. We already get sick enough being pregnant, so doing everything you can to strengthen your immune system will keep you healthy throughout your pregnancy.

5. You’ll feel better about yourself! With all the weight you gain during pregnancy, doing some exercise to maintain your sense of self and your strength is always a good idea.

For more reasons to exercise during pregnancy, check out this article! And for ideas on what to do see my last blog post.

Now go off and be inspired!

Staying Fit During Pregnancy: Favorite DVDs

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Now that I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, I wanted to share with some of my friends with babes on the way what have been my favorite exercise workouts and what I’ve been doing.

Overall I would say I tend to take it easier than what I traditionally do. Up until I got pregnant I had been doing lots of spinning and hot yoga sculpt classes at the gym. That’s typically my favorite type of workout. I am clearly no expert, so take this with a grain of salt. However, in pregnancy I like to take it down a notch so my body can focus more on growing a healthy baby rather than taxing itself with a super intense workout.

In the first trimester the nausea hit and I couldn’t get myself to workout much outside of walking. But then when my energy rebounded in the second trimester I definitely wanted to get back into it. So below are some of my favorite exercise DVDs I’ve been following.

1. Suzanne Bowen’s Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre Workout

I LOVE this DVD. It’s definitely my favorite. I had been wanting to try out Barre and just so happened to stumble across this DVD. It has several different workouts – one for arms/core, one cardio sculpt, and one lower body – each lasting about 20 min. It also includes a 10 min stretching segment you do at the end. The atmosphere in the DVD is nice and the workouts will definitely keep you in shape. I really like Suzanne’s style as well. The best thing is this DVD will last you all throughout your pregnancy and even after pregnancy to help you start to get back in shape.

2. Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project

This is another good DVD to keep you in shape. It focuses mostly on strength and begins and ends with stretching. It includes one DVD for each month of pregnancy. I love that it’s tailored to each month because I definitely find that a difference of four weeks can make a difference in terms of how I feel and what I’m able to do. I also love the stretching segment and I find that it just tends to “hit the spot” in terms of what my body needs. Each workout is about 35-40 min total.

3. Element: Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

I like this DVD because the setting is so nice and it really gets me stretched. With pregnancy, everything tends to get so tight so this helps me avoid some of the aches and pains of pregnancy. It has a great setting and is about 30 min in length.

Usually I do a lot of walking during pregnancy too but I’m a wimp when it gets this cold so these DVD’s have been great. I tend to alternate between #1 and #2 on MWF and do #3 on Tues and Sat.

 

Good luck staying healthy – take care of those babes! Watch for another post soon just to give you a little extra motivation…

I’m back.

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Woah. It’s been a long time. Nice to see you again.

Where was I you ask? Well, after I finally recovered from a two week long cold that turned into bronchitis and lasted my whole vacation, it was back to work. Work has been crazy but now (fingers crossed) will finally settle down some.

And then on top of that I have been in major nesting and organization mode. I tend to get “organization fever” right around January 1st every year but this year I think it’s compounded by the fact that I have roughly 50 days left til baby! So literally on January 1 I made this huge list of everything I wanted to get done before baby including: places I want to organize, meals I want to freeze, house projects to get done (including building a closet system for the boys), etc. That list was 80 items long! Whew. It is now down to 57 items so I’m making progress!

What have I been organizing you ask? Well let’s see: boys closet, nursery closet, my closet, nightstand drawers, all the kitchen cupboards, kids art supplies, bathroom cupboards, living room, laundry room, and the storage room! Still have some more spaces to go but I’m making progress. I’m sure some of you are thinking what could you possibly have left to organize!

With that I thought I’d share a few quick tools that help me get organized this time of year:

1. Wunderlist App

I think this app because it helps track your to-do’s. I am definitely one of those types that needs a box to check off when I’m done and this app allows me to do it and track my progress on my phone, iPad, or computer.

2. Organize Now!: A Week by Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life

I love this book. It gives tips on how to organize all different areas of your house and your life and has tips for each area. I first got this book last year and went through a lot of the spaces organizing them. Now I find that when I’m tidying those areas up again it’s so much simpler because I’ve already done it once. So it’s great.

3. Pinterest

I love Pinterest because the ideas on there are literally endless! Plus you can see visuals of how people transform their spaces or of their solutions which I find really helps. Check out my Organizing board for some of my favorites.

So with that I just wanted to say “hi” again and let you all know what I’ve been up to. See you soon.

Twelve Moments: Christmas Style

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We do our best. When you have young kids you can’t get everyone smiling but we got 3 out of 4. Plus – how adorable is that bow tie and suspenders?

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A Christmas miracle – no tears visiting Santa!

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I am so excited for doughnut time I can hardly stand it…

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Sitting so patiently waiting for Christmas Eve dinner.

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Look at me Mommy!

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Yogurt parfait as a brunch appetizer. They were a hit.

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My mom’s (and dad’s) amazing Christmas decorations. So beautiful!

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My little “sissy” and I. She’s always dressed so cute and fashionable I can hardly keep up.

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Excited for presents.

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Another Christmas miracle – Gabriel is sitting with someone other than mommy!

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Excited for presents…

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Love this picture. Merry Christmas!

Brunch Appetizer: Healthy Yogurt Parfait

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I made these yummy yogurt parfaits for a brunch last weekend and not only are they healthy but super tasty and incredibly simple.

Berry Good Appetizer

Ingredients

32 oz greek yogurt container (any flavor, vanilla shown)

granola (preferably organic)

1 cup strawberries diced

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blackberries

clear cups & spoons

Steps

Take a cup and place 1 tbsp of diced strawberries and 1 tbsp of granola in the bottom. Fill with 1/2 cup greek yogurt. Top with 1 tbsp diced strawberries, 1 tbsp granola, 1-2 raspberries and 1-2 blackberries. Repeat for each cup. Serves 8 people, serving size is 1 cup. Enjoy!

Cozy PJ Outfit

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Cozy PJs

Whether you’re nursing a cold (like me) or are just looking for a Christmas morning PJ outfit that doesn’t look like you pulled it out of the bottom of your drawer – this should cover you!

Hat: Old Navy - Red Sold Out

Shirt: Old Navy – Maternity, Similar – Non-Maternity

Sweater: Old – Similar

Pants: Victoria Secret