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December 27, 2017

Bedtime Routine


I'll start this post by saying one thing - there are routine people, and then there are people who, let's just say aren't huge fans. I actually fall into the category of "not a huge fan." Every family does what works for them though, and that is all that matters! When we first had Liv, I fell into the trap of thinking I had to have a solid bedtime routine to actually get a child to sleep, and that if we strayed from this we would be horrible parents, screw up her development, or at the very least just get crappy sleep. Thankfully it didn't take long to realize she usually slept however she wanted with or without the full routine - so we for the most part tossed it out the window. 

But now with three we have something like a routine going on, and it's working for us, so I'll share that today (got a ton of questions after sharing their shared bedroom on the blog so wanted to help out)! I'll also say we never did sleep training or cry it out or anything else that required reading a book. 

We actually only do bath time/showers every other night at most, (it's more like twice a week most weeks) but if it is a night that the girls are still wired up closer to bedtime, we absolutely do baths/showers. Since our 2 bathroom condo only has showers we had to get a little creative - Livi almost always showers - she loves singing in the shower! Elli sometimes will shower with Livi, but more often her and Ro get a bath together. We searched a long time for the right fold up tub, and I then I realized we had an unused Sterilite container under our bed so I tried it out while deciding on a tub - let's just say that almost 5 months later we still use it and it is perfect. 


After bath time and getting jammies on, I nurse Ro - some nights because of when I last pumped I give her a bottle of breastmilk or formula instead (helpful too when Nathan can feed her and help out with bedtime)! She usually gets pretty sleepy while drinking, when she's done I put her down in her crib and falls asleep. 

I get asked a lot about the girls' sleeping arrangements - they all share the same room. Ro stayed in our room in a bassinet until just over 6 months, then we moved her with her sisters. They do great in the room together with a staggered bedtime. They're all pretty heavy sleepers so it's rare that if one wakes up crying in the middle of the night they wake up any of their sisters. We didn't know that it would work out but you never know until you try it! This is really key with kids - the idea might sound scary or you might be worried that it would never work, but honestly our fear holds us back from things working out more than anything! Just try it! Anyway...

If Nathan's home he gets solo time with the girls while I'm getting Ro to sleep - he isn't always though, and those days I can usually still get Ro down in the playroom with the other 2 playing - they just have to respect that it's "quiet time" and Ro has to go night-night. And believe me - it doesn't come without having to threaten that they'll go to sleep now too if they don't play quietly! 

Once Ro is down, I spend a few minutes with Elli, and after it's time to get her down. She climbs right into her bottom bunk (it's literally just a mattress on the floor under a loft bed, it's not an actual bunk bed) - but perfect height for her to climb right in and lay down. She gets her back patted for a few minutes but then can usually fall asleep on her own. 

Finally Liv. She's the big girl, so we spend some extra one-on-one time either reading or drawing or watching a show. Livi is probably the easiest to get down - she knows when she's tired and usually will say "mommy can I rest my eyes now" or just "ok time for bed." Sometimes I do have to force the issue though, and then the line "ok, you get to pick one toy to bring to bed, what are you bringing?" works well - she gets her toy and we get her into bed. We tuck her in and give her a kiss and she'll go to sleep on her own. 

Liv as a baby was the hardest to get down - from 0-4 months we walked around for what felt like hours trying to get her to bed after an elaborate routine. And then we scratched that and from 4-18 months co-slept. And then we got her in own bed and sleeping on her own (it happened really easily actually) and now she is the best sleeper of them all. I share this because, again, we place a lot on initial sleep routines and schedules, worried we're going to screw them up, but it's really not that big of a deal! 

Usually Ro is down by 8, Elli is down by 8:30, and Liv by 9. Again - nothing in our house is set in stone, but most weeknights that's how the timing works. I hope this post could be a little helpful to some of you, at least to just show you how one mom of 3 makes it work for her family! 

Bedroom for 3 under 3

Alright, Liv is 4. So technically can't call them 3 under 3 anymore, but a few months ago they were! On my IG stories today I posted a quick 15 second 360 degree view of the girls' shared bedroom and got a flood of questions about where everything is from so I thought it would be easier to do a quick post here!




Bunk bed (really a loft bed with twin mattress below on the floor) - we LOVE this bed, it's sturdy, adorable and low to the ground. And it was about $200. Comes in tons of finishes as well if white isn't your thing ;) We bought these mattresses and these waterproof mattress protectors - they've been incredible. 

Girls' sheet sets (pattern is called Khaki)

Wall lamps (I edited out the cords for the picture but these are plug in which I love and have an easy on/off switch) - they are from Ikea, I spray painted the bases gold. Unfortunately I don't see them online, but these are very similar.

Toddler chairs. Liv got hers for her 1st birthday and when Elli got old enough we had to add a second! Pretty soon we'll be buying another one (or buying the larger size for Liv and having the younger two use the ones we already have). 

Crib. We love this crib. It's minimalistic, can transition to a toddler bed if you wanted to, and comes in at just under $100. 

Rug - My exact style I think was discontinued (or just sold out everywhere) - it's called the Blonda in beige; but I love this one too - so whimsical for a kids room! And the best part is it's machine washable

Dresser/Changing table - it's really just a dresser (I spray painted the knobs gold), and I attached the changing pad using velcro strips! We've had it since Liv was born. 


Girls prints - check out this quick Instagram post where I explained how I made them! These were the type of frames. The other artwork is mostly from HomeGoods (or painted by Liv)!

I think that's most of what's in their room! One last special thing is the giant sock monkey Nathan won for me at a carnival (super special to us - the first thing Nathan bought when we found out we were pregnant with Liv was a little sock monkey). 

December 20, 2017

Last Minute Santa

5 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!! Ahhhh!

Aaaand I literally just ordered the girls' gifts last night. But thanks to Amazon Prime they'll be here by tomorrow! PS if you don't already have Prime, membership is on sale now, I highly recommend!! I've gotten a ton of DMs asking about what I'm getting the girls this Christmas, so I figured I'd make a quick post sharing! I'll start by saying Liv is at the age where she is obsessed with Shopkins and Hatchimals (what the actual hell lol); but she has a ton of shopkins so she's not getting any for Christmas, and my mom wanted to buy her the Hatchimal. I told her that was absolutely fine by me! It's so hard trying not to spoil kids - especially when you have a large family. When we lived closer to family and spent Christmas with them we actually would purposefully only buy 1 or 2 gifts for the girls, the rest came from family and they could open everything Christmas morning. While our family is still amazing and sends gifts, they usually aren't here in time to be opened Christmas morning, so this year we really felt the pressure to buy a few more purposeful gifts just so the girls could have a few presents to open from Santa Christmas morning. Sounds silly as I write it, but I'm sure most of you guys get it! 

Here's what I ordered and why:

Pink felt letter board - Liv is doing an incredible job having learned her alphabet and now trying to put words together - I think she'll love spelling words out on this board! I got one in grey too that Elli can unwrap, but it's a little advanced for her so I'm sure I'll be using this one more to help Liv put together things on hers!

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History - I've been a fan Vashti Harrison's illustrations for a while now, so you better believe I had to get my hands on this incredible book she just released! Livi has been obsessed with reading and I really want to nurture that as much as possible, so these short stories will be amazing to read to her and her sisters! They are gonna KNOW their history and that they are standing on the shoulders of giants!

Calico critters rabbit family, dollhouse, and car - Liv and Elli have both been into independent play and creating little stories with their toys - I think it's finally time I got them a dollhouse. My plan is to have Liv unwrap the house (and I'll put two rabbits in the house) and have Elli unwrap the car (the other two rabbits in there). With multiples I have to make sure everything seems "even!" 

Mini brooms. Times two. The feminist inside of me struggled with this one, I didn't really want to further engrain societal standards that women should be cleaning etc. etc. BUT, we went to a friend's house (actually one of Nathan's attendings) who had an incredible playroom full of every toy you could imagine, including a cleaning set with mop, broom, etc. And Liv and Elli fought over who played with the broom the entire night. They loved the damn broom. So they're getting brooms. If I had boys they'd get a broom too. 

Doll stroller. I bought Liv the denim version of this exact stroller 2 years ago for her second birthday, and the girls have used it down to the point of it having holes in it. And now they fight over who gets to push the baby in the stroller. So stroller upgrade x 2. I love the price of this one, it's really well made, and it folds flat when not in use. 

Wooden walker + wagon. Poor Ro seems like she got left out, but she didn't! It's just she has no idea, so I'm ok with only getting her one special thing, and she has ALL of the girls gently loved on toys, so it seems like she's getting "new" toys every week! But she is currently coasting on all of our furniture and we donated our previous walkers, so my Ro is getting a new ride! Looking forward to seeing her push this around and practice walking! It later can also be used as a wagon so I'm sure it will be loved for years to come. 

What did you guys get your littles this year? Would love to hear!

December 15, 2017

Baking with the Girls

Thank you to the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s for sponsoring this post and providing these products for us to step up our kitchen game! As with all of my sponsored posts, I only work with brands and products I would spend my own money on, and all thoughts are my own.

Happy Friday!! Today I’m coming in to share a few photos of the girls in the kitchen helping me make cookies! For one - I love these photos and I think I have to frame a couple! And secondly - I’ve figured out a few tricks to make baking a little easier (especially with little helpers - cough, cough - mess-makers)! All of the kitchenware we use is from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s

For starters - these Non-Skid Mixing Bowls with Measurements are game-changers. The kids can help mix our ingredients (they have multiple sizes too) - so in our house, one girl mixes the dry ingredients and the other mixes the wet ingredients, and the bowl doesn’t slip on the table thanks to the grip at the bottom. The measurements are also helpful for pouring dry ingredients. And speaking of pouring, the lip is perfect for pouring the wet ingredients! The hard part is prying the whisk out of their hands so that I can actually appropriately mix everything (particularly beating the butter and eggs lol)! It’s always easier to start the mixing yourself and then hand it over to them to finish off (then you won’t have a screaming toddler, not photographed here, but it certainly happened)!!


Another tool I love using in the kitchen is this Martha Stewart Collection cookie scoop! We have it in two sizes - small and large - and we repurpose the large for our ice cream scoops. But the small we LOVE using for cookies. Not only does it make sure all the cookies are the same size for even cooking - but more importantly for a house with kids - no fighting over who gets the bigger cookie! They’re all the same size! We forgot to do it this time - but it helps to flatten them a bit with your hand or the back of a spoon ;)


We scoop them out onto our nonstick baking tray (truly nonstick - no cookie residue left after) and pop in the oven (with light on of course so the girls can watch them bake)! We’re also learning our numbers now, so Liv loves counting the timer and figuring out how much time is left. When time is up, I pop them all onto our Nonstick Cooling Racks and the girls patiently let them cool off (and call dibs on who’s getting which cookie) - which thankfully doesn’t come down to size thanks to our ice cream scoop (but they still find something - today it was the number of observable chocolate chips lol)! 


What are some of your little tricks for making time in the kitchen easier? Especially if you have littles!

Included products, all from the Martha Stewart Collection:

December 1, 2017

Wrapping Up Cyber Week!

Hi all!

Wrapping up cyber week with a few last minute deals (i.e. - end today)!

But I had to share a few of these!

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This luggage set that I have been eyeing for the longest (I am so in love with the rose gold) is on sale for 68% off - from $330 to $104!! It also comes in a ton more colors (including plain old black if your partner doesn't want to roll around with pink luggage lol)

This bluetooth speaker is splash-proof and works from afar - and today 65% off - from $99 to $34! It has amazing reviews. Nathan takes ours on runs with the girls and keeps it in the jogger blaring Disney music lol, and then to the beach - we could use a new one!

Wireless electrical outlet switches. Since I've now nearly broken my neck trying to plug in our Christmas tree every evening hahaha! These things are amazing - whatever you plug in can then be controlled with a remote! From lights to appliances and more. They're not on huge sale, but they are 10% which takes them down to only $26 for 5. 
              ***I also really really love these - though not highlighting them today since they're not on sale - but their original price is only $35 so still an amazing deal. These wireless outlet switches allow you to control devices plugged into them via voice with Alexa or Google Home, and via an app on your phone - no separate remote required. 

This body scrub would make such a sweet gift - pair it with a charcoal mask or some other pampering treat and gift it to someone who could use it! It's on sale today from the normal $31 to $12.50.

This Moscow Mule set would be another adorable gift - particularly for a host/hostess! It's on sale from $40 to $19 - but this is one of the lightning deals that only lasts a few hours today so hop on it!

This dress (available in multiple colors) is on sale for 50% off taking it down to about $20 for most sizes/colors. Bonus because per reviews the wrap style makes for easy nursing/pumping! 

Detachable wallet iPhone case! What a great idea! It's another flash sale that only lasts for a few hours today - from $49.99 to $8!!! That's over 80% off!

November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday with Amazon!

Happy Monday all! I hope you've enjoyed the Cyber Week deals I've rounded up thus far! Today for Cyber Monday I'm highlighting some Amazon specific fashion deals!!


Beautiful rose gold stacking watch and bracelet set. This would make such a lovely gift. On sale for $100. Also comes in yellow gold. 
Gorgeous cashmere turtleneck for under $60 (oh how I wish I could wear a turtleneck in Miami)!
Skinny black pants for $14! (these are so comfy and perfect for work)! 
Precious bow-detail pointed-toe flats for $50 (they come in black, tan, and grey too)!
Gorgeous black leather crossbody for $34! (seriously goes with everything)!
Kick-ass tassel heels. Holy cow these are gorgeous. And $60.
My crocs sandals that go with everything and are so comfortable for walking - most sizes 30% off!

Check out the Amazon page for more Cyber Monday deals! They've got everything from kitchen appliances to baby monitors and everything in between!


November 26, 2017

Cyber Week Deals

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! I'm finishing mine doing some laid back online shopping - most of the cyber Monday deals start today! I wanted to start with something fun and show you guys the range of deals - from luxury deals on things that are usually prohibitively expensive, to true steals on pieces that are already budget-friendly. Let's just say I bought everything from the "real steal" category! 

Below this I also have a huge list of all of the sales from my favorite stores and my picks from those spots! It's arranged alphabetically!

And, for those who have been interested in my E-Course - it's currently 60% off! That's our biggest sale EVER! Use code GIVETHANKS17 and join us!
Flat over-the-knee boots 

Scalloped flats

Leggings with mesh panel
Real steal ($19 from the original $33) (I own these in the wine color and love them)!


These baby and toddler clothing deals are impossible to beat - I bought this adorable dress for Ro (although Old Navy's sale definitely comes close! This 2-pack jersey dress set is $12!)

And random - but if anyone has a girl obsessed with Disney Princesses - this complete 9 piece doll set is marked down from $100 to $49.99!

Below I've compiled a list of many other sales going on - most of these sales go through Monday!


(to say I'm obsessed with this cardigan is an understatement)

(this off-the-shoulder top is perfect for date night)!

(including the blue dress I wore for a Cape wedding - only $20! The black would be perfect for a holiday party)


(so many great work picks - these trousers are perfection, as is this sweater)!

(I always get asked about good maternity lines - I LOVE Asos Maternity - so many cute items)

(so many fun, trendy pieces + the yellow maxi dress I wore to a few weddings - dirt cheap!)

(including my favorite face serum that keeps my skin glowing - and is safe while pregnant/nursing)


(if you can't tell from my choices at the top of this post, I love JCP)

(I need these PJ shorts now)!

(I think they win for prettiest Gift Guide - they made me want it all)!

(shop here if you're spending a lot - you can get up to $750 back)! I'd never spend this much, but I know some of you may roll like that lol!

(love this dress and this one for holiday parties!)

You guys saw my picks above!

HOW HAVE I NOT BEEN ON THIS SITE BEFORE! I'M ORDERING FAMILY PJ'S NOW
(they also have pretty much the cutest Mommy & Me matching outfits ever)


Hope some of you found this post useful! Make sure to scroll to my last post with time-saving products - these are where the money really is!!

November 23, 2017

Time Saving Products

I'm starting my roundup of Black Friday deals with what I truly believe are life changing products! As I try to become more of a minimalist, the list of things we actually buy gets lower and lower - but let's face it, with a busy work life, husband, and 3 kids at home, we still buy a lot of stuff! But these products are more than just "stuff" - these are products that actually give me back more of what I need most - TIME! 

So if you're also short on time (and let's face it, who isn't?) check out these products, and hop on these deals now - we all know Black Friday is the time for the best sales!!
Alright - I'll admit I was a super late convert to the Apple Watch gang. I'm just not a big fitness person and don't really care to track my steps or my heart rate or all the other stuff people were telling me they use it for (no offense at all to those people, I think that's amazing - it's just not something I care to do)! So with all that said - Nathan wanted to buy me one for my birthday, I didn't really want it, but I didn't really have anything else to ask for either - so he got me one. And it has been life-changing. I still don't do any of the fitness things (but for many, this alone is worth the purchase) - but for me it is key for a few things. First (and personally most importantly) - it actually limits the time I spend on my phone. I felt like I was always attached to my phone making sure I didn't miss any calls from the girls' daycare or the babysitter or my husband - or an important email from my boss. But in checking my phone for those things, it then easily led to "let me check Instagram really quickly" and then Facebook, and then twitter, and then I've wasted 20 minutes on absolutely nothing. With my watch, I am get my phone calls and text messages to my wrist - and can easily glance quickly and see if I need to answer or respond immediately or not. When I do have to respond to a text - I easily just dictate it and hit one button to send - the dictation feature is amazing! I've also set up a VIP list for my email - only emails from a handful of important people pop up via notifications to my watch - then all the other emails I just check once or twice a day. I also have started using my calendar all the time for meetings, events, and due dates, and I've set it up to give me a reminder a half hour before and that at the time of the event - incredible when I have way too many things going on to possibly remember everything. For days that I really feel like I'm going to miss a deadline or something on my to-do list I literally set an alarm for it and can continue hitting snooze until I do it! I also love that I can easily ping my phone to find out where it is (I lose it at least 3 times daily - so I save time not having to search the house for it lol). These things alone have seriously been life changing. Love my watch. I have the 38mm pink watch with the band from Apple, nothing fancy!


Y'all. This product!!! Let's just first say - obviously the "fastest" dinner is takeout or reheating a frozen bag of something from Trader Joe's (and I do this way more often than I'd like to admit). BUT. When I do cook - this thing is amazing - not only can you chop everything in it (saving tons of time) - you can also cook in it (I'm all about using less dishes) - and then you can even throw some soap and water in it and have it basically clean itself. All completely unsupervised - so I can basically just play with the girls while this thing cooks our dinner. It's on sale for Black Friday from the original $599 to $299 (50% off)! Make sure to watch the video on the page - you're going to be sold just like I was!


(The above link takes you to Amazon which is having a huge sale - the ones in the text below take you to Target which is also having a huge sale - sale prices are the same)!
I have the Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot and it has seriously been INCREDIBLE. I set it to vacuum pretty much every other day - and I usually turn it on in the morning before the girls are up or during nap time on the weekends (since Elli is terrified of it lol)! I do have to make sure there's nothing on the floor that it can get stuck on (curtains, throws, etc.), and then let it go to work while I spend my time doing something better. With so many people at home it's impossible for our floors to stay clean, but this baby has my back and is my little helper around the house. My exact model is on sale for Black Friday ($100 off), but honestly it's not a huge discount for how much the original price is. I personally think if you're considering buying a Roomba - going with a model like the 690 (orig $375) that is also $100 off is a great entry point! You seriously won't regret it. 


I bought one of these as a stocking stuffer for Nathan last Christmas and let's just say I'm buying one for myself this year! If you're the type to misplace your keys (or have lots of little wandering hands in the house who steal your keys) - this little tracker let's you easily find whatever it's attached to! If you're on top of things and never lose anything then this won't be saving you much time - but if you're like me and spend the last 10 minutes before leaving the house looking for your misplaced keys - this will give you that time back (and your sanity)! You can even buy them in 4 packs!


Alright this one seems a little less life-changing than the others on this list, but if you love cold drinks but don't have 12 hours to keep it in the fridge (and don't want watered down iced coffee) - this gadget is for you! This is the only one on the list I don't personally own but it looks amazing - reviews mention brewing directly into this from a Keurig and in a minute or 2 have ice cold coffee! Also perfect for quickly chilling wine (anyone else always have a hard time finding your favorite wine in the refrigerated section of the store and have to toss it in the freezer - only to forget it in there - face palm). This is usually pretty cost-friendly ($37) but is on sale for Black Friday for $29.99 + free shipping. 

November 12, 2017

DIY Round Photo Display


Happy Sunday all! Last week I shared a sneek peak of a really fun and simple project I made to help personalize our home. I love how it came out, and you guys gave some really great feedback, so I wanted to share a quick DIY with how I made it here!



Here's what you'll need:
~hula hoop 
~gold spray paint
~hot glue gun
~faux florals
~fishing line
~mini clothespins
~photographs



It was so easy to put together, and I love how it came out! A few of you brought up the idea of using this to display holiday cards and I think that's such a great idea too!! 



Directions:
1. Spray paint hula hoop. Do one side, let it dry, then do the other side. 
2. Start gluing the flowers! Just keep adding them on to make a look you like - make sure to add a few leaves and greenery as well!
3. Tie the fishing line to the hula hoop - tie one end, then tie it to the other side - make sure it's taut! I did three lines for mine, but do however many fit the photos you plan on displaying!
4. Attach photos to the line with the clothes pins.




A lot of you asked where to print the pics - you can use any of the fancier companies big on social media, I just printed them at my local Walgreens. I'm sure most local drugstores offer photo printing!



Thanks so much to Esurance for inspiring this post to create a thrifty but oh-so-special project to make our house more of a home!  

October 30, 2017

Race Together

“Nobody likes you.” It’s a sentence so hurtful I’d never imagine even thinking about saying it to somebody. But when it comes to CANCER!?!? I think we are all in agreement when I say that indeed, nobody likes you. 

I’m partnering up with JCPenney this month to highlight their Race Together Collection by Xersion. From now through 10/31, $1 from every item sold of the collection will be contributed to the American Cancer Society, up to $100,000. On top of that, The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney will be accepting donations (with a chance to win a basket of Salon and Sephora products), and Sephora inside JCPenney will be offering a “Find Your Perfect Pink” lip service to help you find your perfect shade of pink!
                                       

I love products that are beautiful and functional, but add in serving a greater good and I’m sold! I fell in love with this top (the message, the cut, and the mesh sleeves), and the Xersion capri leggings are so comfortable and perfect for working out! Love the herringbone pattern (and they are on sale for literally $10). Such an easy athleisure look!! Head to your local JCPenney or online to shop the Xersion Race Together Collection today!


In partnership with JCPenney.

October 12, 2017

Fall Style Vol 3

Hi all! Today I'm coming in with a new round of fall fashion for the entire family! One of the most fun things about having girls is that they love (at least for the moment), dressing in the same outfits as mama!




Livi was so excited when I showed her her dress, and was nearly floored when I showed her mine that was just like it. She immediately wanted to try it on and spun around in it until she got herself dizzy! Elli took right after her doing the same. Ro clearly has no idea what's going on yet but giggled at her sisters and she was forced to also wear this outfit hahaha! I'm sure she'll love it one day. But I know these days are numbered, so I will soak them up while they last.




We wore these outfits on our way to a casual family dinner, but not before a little photo shoot on the way. Of course during the walk, Elli passed out in her comfortable stroller and was down for the count. So unfortunately she wasn't a part of this shoot ha ha.




But Ro sure was, as was Liv, *and* the tree she decided to climb. A little dress isn't stopping this girl from getting messy and finding something to climb on!




I especially love my dress because it's nursing/pumping friendly. I get asked a lot about nursing and pumping clothes, and usually the most simple thing is a relatively loose fitting/flowy top with bottoms that make for easy access to nurse. Dresses are usually a tougher option, but dresses like this that have buttons down the top are a winner every time!



Add in a comfy denim jacket and you have an extra layer should you need it. And loving this floral/bohemian trend for fall, especially in a pretty color like this deep purple - wine color.



All of our looks are from Old Navy, where we were able to really find something for the whole family (including the not photographed hubby who wear jeans and Old Navy's soft-washed heathered V neck shirt - I have these for him in so many colors and they are the comfiest!! I know because I steal them all the time lol)!



October 5, 2017

Current Skincare + Everyday Makeup

Hi all! Today I wanted to share a bit about my everyday skincare and makeup routine! Those who know me know I am NOT a makeup person at all, it's fun to play with now and then, but for me it's really just about making my skin look as even as possible and keeping me from looking like a zombie when I haven't gotten enough sleep! So don't expect any expert makeup tips here hehe, this is just what works for me!

I will say, though, that as a dermatologist, good skincare and healthy skin is the MOST important part of any makeup routine, and I've shared and updated my skincare routine many times here on the blog, but I'm always tweaking things, so here is my current routine:


AM:
Wash with this cleanser
Apply this light moisturizer (also my nighttime moisturizer)
Makeup (see what I use below))

PM:
Wash with same cleanser
Apply this serum (LOVE this so much and feel this has made a huge change in my breakouts and dark spots - although remember, sunscreen is critical for keeping dark spots away!)
Apply same light moisturizer once serum dry

I should be using an eye cream but I'll be honest and say I still don't love any one.

As far as makeup - check out my IG stories today where I'll be sharing a video of my routine!
I apply this mineral powder foundation (I bought it because I ran out of my normal mineral makeup and this one is SO much cheaper, available at drugstores, and provides higher SPF) all over face blending well with this brush (my holy grail brush). I love that it lasts all day and provides extra sun protection, and the finish gives a glow even if I skip my bronzer step (which I do often lol)!
Then I apply this bronzer over my cheeks, bridge of my nose, and a bit on my forehead and chin as well (using this brush if I have the time, otherwise I'll just use the same palm brush).
Then I brush my eyebrows and fill in with this pomade using this brush.
If I'm feeling fancy I'll swipe on this mascara ;)

That's it! Like I said, nothing crazy, but I get questions all the time about my skin so I wanted to share!

Shop any of this post by clinking the in text links throughout the post, or by clicking any of the products below (use the arrows to scroll through)!



PS: the brushes mentioned above are the Palm Brush, the Oval 6, and the Linear 1 by Artis

September 26, 2017

Fall Style Vol 2


Hi all! Hope you all are having a good week! We (or more like I) have been pretty stressed lately to be honest with all of the natural disasters that have been going on plus some personal things. It felt SO nice to get out of the house and take a family walk and grab dinner together!



While the weather here is still humid, the evenings have had a nicer ocean breeze that I am so thankful for! I wore a stretchy long sleeve shift dress in a neutral dark green color (perfect for fall)! I love dresses like this because the length still makes them appropriate for work, but they are still cute/comfy enough to wear on the weekend too! You can dress it up or down depending on the shoes you choose and the rest of your accessories!



Liv loved that she could put on a little sweater (albeit a light, short-sleeve one), but she was so cute walking around in her little mustard cardigan. And don't get me started on Elli in her little striped shirt, jeans, and boots! She's just adorable and too sassy!! Nathan tried only staying behind the camera but I even got a shot of him (and Ro since he was wearing her)! It was a perfect evening out enjoying the weather with my family and giggling away.



All of our outfits are from Old Navy believe it or not! Love all the options they have (and most importantly how budget-friendly they are while staying on trend)! This post was in partnership with Old Navy. Thoughts and opinions are all my own.

September 6, 2017

Fall Style Vol 1



Hope you all have been well! Today I'm sharing a few shots of the girls on our walk home from school. As we get into September I really start to miss New England and fall, but just because we don't have the cool temps here in Miami doesn't mean we can't start dressing like the temps are cooling down (and they thankfully are a bit)!


Denim is a staple any time of year, but I love darker washes for fall - and Liv loves how soft and stretchy her jeggings are! Perfect for her posing (can you believe her poses in these photos lol!? She was teaching me how to pose!)


Of course, regular leggings are always a safe bet (especially for toddlers like Elli who are always doing things in weird positions lol) and pair perfectly with a longer top like her adorable peplum top. This fall is all about shape when it comes to tops, so El is on trend with her peplum, as is Liv with her bell sleeves that have made a huge come back!

 
This day I still wore sandals (like we can do year-round here in Miami lol) but the girls already have their booties and LOVE them! Now mommy needs a pair!!
 

What are your favorite fall trends? Stay tuned for more looks for the whole family - thanks to Old Navy which really is a one-stop-shop for all things fashion (and you know important to me - so many good deals)!!
 

This post was in partnership with Old Navy. Thoughts and opinions are all my own.

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