Friday, June 29, 2018

5 things I'm loving right now

Happy Friday, friends! This week flew by but you won't hear any complaints from me about it! Today, I thought I would share five things I'm loving lately, even if it a random assortment!

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I am absolutely obsessed with Beautycounter's new resurfacing peel. When we announced the launch of this product I was able to try it early as a consultant but I was honestly terrified to because I've never done any kind of peel. When I think "peel" I think about Samantha's chemical peel from Sex and the City. Anyone else watch that religiously back in the day?


But it touted some amazing claims so I decided to give it a go and now I don't think I'll ever be able to live without this stuff. It is a very gentle peel - so gently you don't even have to wash it off at night after you apply. I have very sensitive skin and I used it daily for the first month I had it and it did some amazing things for my skin. I already thought it was in better shape than it had been in years but since using the peel it has gotten so much softer, a much healthier "glow" that I assure you is not pregnancy related, and most shockingly it has smoothed out my forehead where the texture has always been kind of uneven.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Lately + a trip to San Francisco

Happy Wednesday, friends! The past week has just flown by but I am finally sitting down with a cup of coffee to get caught up.

First up, the comment notifications seem to finally be working again on my blog so I’m excited to be able to chat back and forth by email again.

We spent the end of last week in San Francisco celebrating my sweet sister in law and her fiancé (now husband!) as they tied the knot. Madeline stayed home with her Nana so this was a nice little adults-only getaway.

Friday, June 22, 2018

First Trimester Workout Routine


When I found out I was pregnant this time, I was of course super excited but also really nervous about the changes that were going to happen in my body. Having had a baby before, I do know how incredible a woman’s body is and I’m so proud of all my body did to carry Madeline, bring her into the world, and nourish her.

BUT, I really struggled after she was born with my body. I wrote about this before here. The weight did not just “fall off” while nursing. In fact, I actually gained weight while nursing and trying so hard to improve my supply. The newborn phase was also a really stressful time for me as I adjusted to parenting a new baby (who was super fussy, had reflux, went through a colic phase, and was just not much of a fan of sleeping) alone while Corey traveled for work, our bright idea to buy a new home and sell our previous one, returning to a work environment that was just not a good fit for me as a mom. I believe your priorities are what you make them and these are all “excuses” but taking care of my health was just not my first priority at that time in our lives. It didn’t even rank in the top five while trying to keep everything else together. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Muffins


Madeline is currently obsessed with muffins so I am always looking for variations that are somewhat healthy. I love sneaking in fresh fruits and veggies into muffin recipes and this one calls for Greek yogurt. It tastes almost like a cupcake but is high in protein, which is so great for toddlers. The greek yogurt also keeps these muffins moist and delicious. We are enjoying them as a breakfast treat this week.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Baby #2 Q+A


Good morning! Today I thought I would round up all the questions I’ve been asked by friends, family, on IG, and right here about baby W number two. Here’s to hoping I do a better job documenting this pregnancy than I did with my first!

When/how did you find out?
This couldn’t possibly be any different than how I found out with Madeline. With Madeline I got pregnant so fast that it was a little surprising. I may share a little more about this later but it wasn’t nearly as easy this time around so I was testing about every day. It was equally surprising, though, after seeing so many negative tests over so many months. Just in a totally different way. One day it was negative and then the next morning there was the faintest line. It was so faint that I had to text a picture to my girl friend to verify that the line really was truly there. I was only three and a half weeks when I found out this time and that was at the very end of March. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Quick Trip to New England


Over the weekend we traveled to New England for a wedding. The wedding was Friday afternoon and Corey had to work Thursday so we woke up early on Friday morning and flew out to Boston. We picked up a rental car when we arrived and made it to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in plenty of time to freshen up and get ready for the wedding.


I wore this dress and y'all - it is $12!  It also comes in four colors. What a steal!

Friday, June 8, 2018

My Top 5 Beautycounter Products


Ever since I shared the news that I upgraded my Band of Beauty membership to become a consultant and educator for Beautycounter, I have gotten so many questions about the products. At this point I feel like most people have heard of Beautycounter and are getting a little curious about what all the recent hype is about.

If you’re familiar with our company, we have banned over 1,500 ingredients in our products that have shown a link to endocrine disruption and chronic disease or that are known or suspected carcinogens. If you thought that the government kept these things out of our personal care products, you would unfortunately be mistaken as a major regulatory law for cosmetics and personal care has not been passed in eighty years! So it is entirely up to you to research and be informed about the ingredients you are putting on your skin. After all, they are absorbed into your blood stream within 26 seconds! 

When I first found Beautycounter as a customer, I was a little skeptical. I loved the mission (it would be amazing if when Madeline is a teenager she doesn't have to worry about toxic products even being available on the shelves of Target) and I really wanted to be safer but when we purchase beauty products we are wanting to feel beautiful - we are wanting results. And that is something that Beautycounter is passionate about, too, which I why I love it all the more.

When people ask me what products I love, I’m often tempted to respond with “everything” because I do love almost every product I’ve tried - so much so that I chose to become a consultant more for the discount than the paycheck. But, if you were to make me narrow it down to the top 5, these would be them.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

First Trimester Bumpdate


When I learned I was pregnant this time around I was only three weeks along. Finding out that early sure made the first trimester seem like an eternity, especially when trying to keep this news a secret. Of course some friends had their suspicions as I’m certainly not one to turn down a glass of wine on girls' night - especially multiple girls' nights in a row! Haha! Now, we are entering into the second trimester and are well on our way to meeting baby W number two! 

I am working on a more detailed post of all the random questions I’ve been asked since sharing the news with our friends and announcing our pregnancy public last week so more details to come, too, but today I wanted to share my first Bumpdate. Like with my pregnancy with Madeline I won’t be doing these weekly so no fear that this little space will soon become only a pregnancy diary. Most likely I will share updates monthly until the end when things actually start changing so fast! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends. Its a beautiful, sunny day in Charlotte at last after weeks of rain. The weather was even nice most of the weekend so we enjoyed spending lots of time outside.

On Friday, Madeline and I headed to barre first thing in the morning and then promptly enjoyed a homemade strawberry-iced donut with sprinkles in honor of National Donut Day. Life is about balance, after all.


Friday, June 1, 2018

And then there were four!


We are so excited to share that Madeline will soon be a big sister! Our family will soon be growing from three to four. Baby W #2 is set to debut the first week of December and Corey and I are over the moon.

If you’ve noticed my radio silence on Instagram (and even here) lately it’s because I’ve been keeping this big secret for over nine weeks now and also because I’ve been just exhausted - I’d almost forgotten about that first trimester fatigue! Whew!