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Father’s Day Gift Guide

It’s officially June and that always means a few things: summer fun, no school and yep, Father’s Day!

Since Father’s Day will be here before we know it, I wanted to give you all some ideas ahead of time for the special father in your life. Skip the ties and mugs this year and check out something new… these gifts are great for any dad!

# 1 Fitbit Versa SmartWatch

For any dad that loves health and fitness, THIS is the gift for him! With the Fitbit they can track their goals, follow workouts on screen and can connect it to your smart phone for easy message replies or GPS! Plus everyone needs a sleek everyday watch, right?

#2 Gucci Guilty Cologne Gift Set

This cologne is still one of my all-time favorites that Mike still wears, so why not re-up on it for Father’s Day, right? I love the way it smells and so does he!

#3 Bose Quiet Comfort Wireless Headphones

Mike already has these… and absolutely LOVES them! He wears them all.the.time- while flying or working out, they’re perfect. And, of course, being wireless makes them super easy and convenient to take them anywhere they want to go.

#4 Google Home

This is another one of those gifts for the tech savvy dad in your life. It’s basically an at-home personal assistant with simple voice commands. You can ask it for all kinds of information, ask it anything you need to know, connect it to your at-home alarm systems to set your alarm and even connect it to your TV to stream live videos. That’s pretty cool if you ask me!

#5 Gucci Slides

When Mike’s not on the football field, it seems like all he really wears are his slides… so I KNOW he’ll get a lot of use out of this gift! It’s a great summertime gift for any guy!

#6 Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker

Do you have a dad to buy for that loves going to the gym, working out outside or hanging by the pool? If so, consider this the gift for him! This is one gift you can’t go wrong with.

#7 Cleveland Cavaliers Swingman Jersey
#8 Tampa Bay Bucs Mike Evans Jersey

Whether you’re buying for your own dad, husband or even brother- if you know a sports fan, then I don’t think you can ever miss with his favorite team or player’s jersey! Just like your hubs, Mike loves collecting jerseys of his favorite players, too!

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Ariah’s 18-Month Update <3

Let me start by saying, I CANNOT believe my baby girl is already 18 months!!

For those of you who aren’t parents, yes… you usually still count the months until your child is 24 months (2 years old)… and YES, there’s a HUGE difference between 1 and 2.

I know so many of you have followed our growing family over the years, so I wanted to give an update on Ariah and everything she’s learned up until now, what she eats and of course some super cute pictures of her!

Being a mom to a toddler can be challenging at times (think: trying to get them to eat new foods, tantrums, potty training *which we aren’t there yet* and many other challenges)- but I also feel like this is one of the best stages yet! This is when they’re learning sooo much and it’s amazing to watch her explore the world and want to learn more! I love it.

So what’s Ariah up to these days? Let’s find out!

She’s Learning + Loving…

It’s getting harder to take her places in public because all she wants to do is run around and touch everything. And if we don’t let her…of course… tantrum!

And flying? Not exactly as easy as it used to be. Lately Mike and I have only been flying with her together because it’s just so much easier to have the extra hands to help with her and to carry bags, push strollers, grab car seats <<— You get the picture, right? When she was a tiny baby she would sleep… but now, it’s a whole other story since she hasn’t slept on the past four or so flights. Yayyyy me haha!

She really loves anything that can go on her head… and basically thinks everything is a hat. We have this popcorn tub at our house that she always has to have on her head as her “hat”- and I won’t lie, it’s pretty adorable.

She also loves wearing sunglasses on her head or on her eyes depending on how she feels in the moment. Doesn’t matter if we’re inside or outside, she has to have her “hat” and “glasses”….I have a fashion diva on my hands already!

At this point she likes to mock everything we say, so thankfully she has a really great vocabulary for her age.

Favorite Words to Say…

Her Favorite Things…

Baby Dolls and Playing “Mom”
Hats & Sunglasses
Teddy Bears
Balls
Music and Dancing
Mickey Mouse

Her Current Schedule…

8:30AM Wake Up

8:45 Cup of Milk

10-10:30 Breakfast

11-12:30 Play/ Change Clothes For the Day

12:30-2:30/3PM Nap #1

3 Lunch

3:30-5 Play Time

5-6:30 Nap #2 If Needed (especially if I want her to stay up later!)

7 Dinner

7:30-8:30 Play/ Read

8:30 Bath/ Get Ready For Bed

9 Cup of Milk

9:30-10 Sleep

Her Favorite Foods…

Oatmeal
Mac + Cheese
Guacamole
Beans
French Fries
Mashed Potatoes
Crackers to Snack On
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Nuggets

She’s not into meat too much right now… and I think it’s a texture thing. We’ll get there though, because she does like to try things we’re eating… and of course, if we’re eating it, she likes it too. Kids, right?

And obviously, she loves her sister big time <3

Happy 18 Months Ariah… we love you so!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching I wanted to go ahead and start giving you all some ideas for that special mama in your life!

Whether it’s for your mom, grandma or wife, I know you have a special mother you love in your life and it’s always great to make her feel special on this day!

To let her know you’re thinking of her- and all the things she does, big or small- here are some of my top picks that I know any mama would appreciate on her day!

#1 Kate Spade Leather Smartphone Wristlet
#2 Kate Spade Crown Point Picture Frame
#3 Kate Spade iPhone Leather Wristlet
#4 Kate Spade Cropped Sateen Pajamas
#5 Kate Spade Leather Wrap iPhone X Folio Case
#6 Sailor’s Knot Bangle by Kate Spade
#7 Kate Spade Holland Leather Strap Watch
#8 Gucci Leather Cross-Body Bag
#9 ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw
#10 Mommy Fuel Mug
#11 Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe
#12 Marc Jacobs Decadence Fragrance
#13 Leather Belt With Double G Buckle
#14 Gucci Embellished Leather Sandals
#15 Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
#16 Nordstrom at Home Lazy Days Faux Fur Throw Blanket
#17 H&M Sleep Mask
#18 ‘In the Wild’ Throw
#19 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 
#20 Versace Bright Crystal 3-Piece Set
#21 Kate Spade ‘Mom Knows Best’ Heart Pendant
#22 SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Mini
#23 Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Candle
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Q + A… What You All Wanted to Know!

Hey everyone! I’ve been getting lots of great questions from you- and I’m so happy you want to know more! Today, I’m answering some of the most frequently asked questions below- but if you have others, drop them in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer!

Let’s get started…

HOW DID MIKE AND I MEET?

Mike and I met back in 2013 while we were both going to school in College Station, Texas. We met through our roommates who knew each other and soon introduced us… and we hit it off right away! You can read more about our love story —> HERE!


HOW WAS IT MOVING FROM TEXAS TO FLORIDA? DO YOU EVER MISS TX? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT FL?

Moving from Texas to Florida has been quite an adventure, that’s for sure.

After Mike got drafted, our initial move to Tampa was quick and we didn’t really have time to look around for a place to live. I basically found the closest, most decent apartment I could find near the facility and shortly after we moved in.

I brought everything I could from my college apartment to help us get started and since then (in 2014) we have lived in three different places. And who knows, we may eventually buy a home there since we will be continuing our time in Tampa- which I’m so proud of my husband for! For those of you that don’t know, Mike has recently agreed to an extended 5-year contract, so we are very excited to be staying in Tampa!

It’s easy to love Florida! It’s so beautiful and you can go to the beach or be outside in the sun pretty much year round-and especially with kids, I love that. I also love the friends that we have made there and all the experiences we’ve had so far.

Florida will always have a place in our hearts… BUT TEXAS IS HOME.

We love Texas and try to shoot home whenever we get the chance. We live in Texas the entire off-season in our first home we recently purchased, so no matter where we play, we will always end up back here… and this will always be our home.


ANY GOOD SKINCARE TIPS?

I will say that I’ve been learning so much about skincare lately and have had fun trying different products and techniques. But, one of my best tips is to make sure you’re definitely drinking lots of water and watching what you’re putting into your body as far as your diet. It’s a bigger deal than most people think it is- plus, it helps to keep your stress levels down!

Another tip is to make sure you’re taking off your makeup before going to bed and exfoliating at least two times a week for fresh, glowing skin!

PS: I did give more of my favorite tips + tricks that you can read —> HERE!


TELL US ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND WHAT YOU MAJORED IN?

I went to Blinn Junior College for almost two years. It was the best two years of my life and I met some amazing people that are still lifelong friends to this day.

I initially majored in psychology and wanted to be a counselor because I love giving advice and helping others!

Eventually, I decided to take a break to really figure out what it is that I wanted to do and with all the transitions going on in my life- from being a wife and now a mom (and constantly being in between states)- I’m still trying to figure it all out.

I have many interests though, such as: real estate, interior design, fashion design, etc.- so we’ll have to see where that all takes me!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A MOM? HOW DO YOU BALANCE FAMILY LIFE AND NFL LIFE?

My favorite thing about being a mom is having a bundle of joy that makes me so excited to get up every day… even if it is super early and I need all the coffee I can get to function!

I love teaching her new things + watching her explore the world as she grows up right before our eyes! It’s literally the best feeling in the world!

Luckily, in the NFL we get an off-season where we get all the free time we want for a few months to spend our time with family. Mike gets to be home and enjoy that with us, which is great because during training camp and football season it gets a little harder to get that time together.

I do most things on my own on a daily basis, like chasing around a toddler all day and getting done the many things on our to-do list. When Mike comes home, he’s clearly tired after a long day, so I have to be that supportive mom and wife throughout that time! It’s all a balancing act, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A WIFE TO AN NFL PLAYER?

So this was the number one question I received from you guys when I asked for your questions! I would really love to do a whole separate post on what it’s like to be married to a professional athlete… and all the different things that go on that no one sees.

It’s more than just football games, cool events, big houses, and fancy cars…trust me!

I won’t lie… it definitely takes a strong-minded woman to be married to someone who puts their life on the line for our entertainment or to someone who people call “famous” all the time… it’s still a crazy thing for me!

Of course, his job and our life is a blessing, but what you see on WAGS is so far from Mike & I’s lifestyle that we’re ALWAYS laughing when we watch those shows!  Seriously, it’s such a joke… but totally not hating on anyone, that’s on them!

Anyway, I would love to save this for a more in-depth post later, so stay tuned for that!

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BLOG?

I started my blog in hopes to get my voice across and talk about things that I love… like this outfit above!!  It’s a great way to document the cool things that happen in my life, plus it’s a place to watch myself grow as a wife, mama, and woman in general!

I have wanted to start one for over a year and finally decided, why not? JUST DO IT!

That was the hardest part.. getting started and putting myself out there for the world to see… because believe it or not, I AM SUCH AN INTROVERT.

BUT, now that I have… I love it and I hope it will grow into something you guys love to read as much as I love making the content for you all!

So, with that said, always leave me comments and let me know what you would love to see as well! Always ask questions… I promise I will answer 🙂

WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?

I am bi-racial… my Mom is white and my Dad is black.

Crazy enough, Mike and I are actually the same ethnicities and both of our moms are white and dads are black, so of course, that was something we immediately found interesting about each other, as well!

Did I answer your Q’s? I hope so! If not, like I said earlier, please always feel free to drop a comment or question below… I’d love to hear from you! 

 

PS: Shop my black, off-the-shoulder top and skirt here:

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Our 2-Year Anniversary Trip to Paris

So if you’ve been keeping up with me, then you know we recently just went to Paris for our two year anniversary and I will say that it was absolutely the best trip I’ve ever been on in my life!

I have been so excited for this trip that I even had fun packing for it- I just couldn’t wait to get there! We left on Thursday, February 8th from Houston… but not without a minor hiccup or two. We were supposed to be on a 4 PM flight but (little did we know) the flight was actually canceled a day earlier- and we didn’t find out until we were pulling up at the airport! Thank goodness, my mom happened to be looking up the flight to try and track us!

I was DEVASTATED! I was certain that it wasn’t meant to be and, of course, this would be our luck!

Mike went to go check it out and (thankfully) it turned out they put us on a later flight that night at 10 PM and we were finally off!

We flew British Airways and WOW, the plane was amazing! It was the best first class cabin I have ever seen and the seats were perfect! They were like little pods just for you- perfect for sleeping and watching movies… which is what I did the entire way!

We finally landed in Paris and it was freezing! There was snow covering the ground and it was so pretty! Believe it or not, I’ve never in my life seen real snow before so I expected it to stay for days, but turns out the snow quickly melted within a day of us being there! But it was still freezing!

Where We Stayed

We arrived at our hotel around 5 PM the next evening. We stayed at Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet’s. It was a dream location to stay at in Paris I must say; we were in the middle of EVERYTHING: amazing food, shopping (literally right across from Louis Vuitton) and sightseeing were all within walking distance or just a 5 minute Uber ride away! We also enjoyed a couples massage at the hotel’s spa which was so relaxing after traveling for so long- safe to say, my husband definitely knows what I enjoy! All in all, everything from start to finish (including the incredible customer service) was perfect for our stay!

What We Ate

The first two meals we had were super authentic French restaurants that we thought would be a good idea to try. Turns out, not so much. I can’t even tell you the names of them because I don’t remember, but I’m a picky eater (especially when I go out of the country) and we really didn’t enjoy those meals. Thankfully, we found a Five Guys but this one was a little different. Apparently, it’s a huge tourist attraction because the lines were out the door, it was three stories tall and we had to wait for someone to get done eating to snatch a table as quickly as we could!

It tasted just like Five Guys in America though so we ate there twice! I also found a pizza spot, Pizza Vesuvio, right behind our hotel so we ate there twice and it was the best Italian food EVER! I ordered Lasagna and it was so good that we had to go again so Mike could get it the next time. We also tried another Italian restaurant, Vapiano, that Mike’s best friend (who we also visited while we were there since he’s playing basketball overseas there) told us about. This place had THE BEST PASTA I’ve ever tasted! They make it just for you, exactly how you want it, right in front of you… so that was pretty cool as well!

We also had a super romantic dinner at Le Jules Verne inside the Eiffel Tower which was quite an adventure in itself! We got to get all dressed up, making the whole night super fun.

The dinner was different than what we are used to: five small entrees and they bring them out every time you finish one with just a few bites each. For the most part, we had no clue what we were eating but we still ate it and it wasn’t THAT bad just very different. But the experience itself was just amazing getting to ride up the elevator to the restaurant, overlooking the whole city during dinner.

What We Did

Of course, we shopped till we dropped… well I did… after all, like I mentioned we were right in the middle of all the best shopping in Paris! With every shop within walking distance, I was bound to wind up in trouble there! We went to LV, Gucci, YSL, Chanel, Zara, H&M, and a few others. We had the most luck in LV and YSL where I purchased two bags: a LV Neverfull MM in the Damier Ebene material with the Rose Ballerine interior and the YSL Black Croc Nano Sac de Jour Tote which are super amazing investments in my collections that I will have for years to come!!


We visited The Louvre which is definitely something you have to see when in Paris! Even just the outside is so beautiful with the architecture of the buildings and the pyramids- it’s unbelievable! So gorgeous!

This is also where they hold the Mona Lisa and many other historic monuments in Paris! Plus, did you know it’s the largest museum in the world?

We rode The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde at a sunset which was absolutely beautiful with views of The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Champs-Elysées- it was breathtaking especially at sunset!


We attached our locks on the “Love Lock Bridge” over the Seine River.


Of course, we went to the Eiffel Tower about three times during our trip because how can you not?


It’s a sight to see and it’s the one MUST that you have to experience when visiting Paris! It was truly amazing to see especially at night during the light show when it’s lit up and sparkling! WOW- It’s STUNNING!

Champs-Elysées is one of the most popular areas in Paris, which is where we stayed. SO many great places to shop, eat, great hotels, close to all the main attractions in Paris- it’s just the best location and everyone is out and about, dressed to impressed! It’s the ideal place to stay in or near when in Paris!

We even went to go see Fifty Shades FREED at the UGC Normandie Theater right across from our hotel. They showed the movie in English but with French subtitles (which was clearly fine with us being in France after all) I just couldn’t wait any longer to go see it!

My Overall Experience….

It’s one that I will never, ever forget and honestly, the only place I can say that I would LOVE to travel back to. With the fashion, scenery and romance, it was just so ME and I loved everything about it… once we found food we liked of course!  I loved the time of year that we went because the cold weather made it perfect to wear all of my super cute jackets I’ve been dying to wear. I am so happy that I got to experience it all with the love of my life because there’s no one on this planet I would have rather witnessed all that with… easily, it was one for the books for us! We will definitely… GOD willing… go back one day! 🙂

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What’s In My Carry On Bag + My Best Travel Tips

Mike and I just got back from our two-year anniversary trip to Paris- and OMG, it was absolutely the BEST trip I have ever been on! (I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it in my next post!)

But today’s post is going to be all about my best traveling tips and what I packed in my carry on to PARIS!

Since I do travel so much, I’ve gotten used to packing (like a pro), whether it’s back and forth from Florida to Texas, a weekend getaway, flying with the baby or even going out of the country!

The point is… my experience (for better or worse) is here to help you today! Here’s what was in my carry on for a 10-hour flight out of the country:

Roll-On Carry-On
For this trip I checked a big suitcase for all of my clothes, shoes and beauty products- especially the ones over 3.4 fl oz. (which is the max amount you’re allowed to have in a carry-on, FYI).

I knew I had to bring on a roll-on carry-on for all of my bags, jewelry, camera, and items I would need in case of an emergency, though- that way if my checked bag got lost, everything I care about or REALLY need is in my roll-on!

I always keep this one in the overhead compartment with my blanket and laptop for the plane ride, too! I also have my makeup, an extra set of clothes and travel size toiletries.

Purse/ Tote/ Backpack
In this bag I carry anything I think I will need handy during the flight so this includes:

Passport
Wallet
Cash
Chapstick
Gum
Charger
Pen
Under Eye Patches
Wet Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Vitamin C
Benadryl/ Tylenol PM (we were on a 10 hour flight after all)
Sleep Mask
Makeup Wipes
Book
Jacket

I KNOW… IT SOUNDS like a lot, but these things are all super small (and definitely helpful!)

Packing Tips

Pack Strategically and Organized
This means pack accordingly so that it makes traveling that much easier and you know where everything is if you need to grab it while running through the airport.

I keep a VERY organized purse while traveling because I don’t want to be stressed out digging through my bag while I’m in a hurry… it just doesn’t make for peaceful traveling.

To help stay organized, I keep everything in separate pouches, so, ie: keeping my wallet, passports and boarding pass in my side pouch so those things are always handy, whether I’m checking in my bag, going through security or buying snacks.

Then I keep different pouches or makeup bags for different things, such as: one for my makeup, one for toiletries and one for tech accessories. This really helps me stay organized while traveling (and use all of the cute makeup bags I’ve collected along the way!)

Dress Comfortably For the Weather You’re Traveling To
I’m always prepared for the weather I am flying into because it could be 85 degrees where you’re traveling from and then 30 where you’re going! Carrying a light sweater is always a great idea when flying.

Bring All Necessary Accessories/ Entertainment For Flight
I always make sure to bring whatever is needed to keep myself (or the kids) entertained throughout the flight so I’m not going crazy waiting to land. For me this means always having my headphones, buying WiFi if the flight is super long or having a book or movie ready. Plus, I always have my mini blanket while flying- it’s just a comfort thing and I hardly ever fly without one!

Buy Water/ Snacks Before Your Flight
This is SO important to me because I’ve made the mistake too many times of not buying water… and then as soon as I get on the plane I’m thirsty or my throat hurts because the plane is too stuffy.

Even worse… if I need to make Ariah a bottle ASAP, how do I do it without water?!

Don’t wait until the flight attendant comes around with the cart (OK, so I may be a bit impatient) but I just think it’s better to go ahead and buy water after I get through the security gates.

With a bottle of water and a snack, I’m good to go the whole flight without waiting around for a small cup of water!

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him and Her!

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I wanted to give you guys some great last minute gift ideas that will be good for any man or woman in your life!


(Shop these pajamas —- > HERE!)

Since our anniversary is on the 13th we usually don’t give in to giving each other gifts for both occasions. Instead, we just make this holiday about our anniversary… and then do a little date night on Valentine’s Day to top it all off.

Still, here are some of my top gift picks for him or her *xoxo*

For Her:

Fashion
Jewelry

For the Home

Beauty

For Him:

Fashion

Other Gifts For Him

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25 Things I’ve Learned By 25

As some of you know, I recently turned 25… a whole quarter into life… and it feels so great!
I feel so blessed to see another day and to be happy, healthy and loving life! 

  1. Nothing happens overnight—your dreams, your weight loss goals—everything takes time. Stick with it and with time, consistency and dedication it’s all possible. 
  2. Home Ownership Is a Full-Time Job
  3. It’s OK to Feel Like You’re Changing… It’s Called Evolving!!
  4. If you want to eat clean and stay on track, it helps to eat at home! Prepping and cooking your own meals makes all the difference. Even if life gets hectic—and I know it does—it’s worth it in the end to stay on track.
  5. Big or Small, ALWAYS Give Thanks to Those Around You
  6. Read/ watch/ listen to something that inspires you every.single.day. Take it upon yourself to surround yourself with as much positivity as possible.
  7. Live For YOU!
  8. We’re not getting any younger, so workout now! A daily sweat session will make you feel better.
  9. Listen More Than You Speak
  10. Communication Is the Key to Any Healthy Relationship
  11. Staying organized and having a calendar is a must to know exactly what you need to get done that day or week. It will help you stay on track and get things done way more efficiently. 
  12. NOW Is the Time to Travel
  13. Always be ready and willing to learn new things. I like to be open to learning different skill sets, workouts, things going on in the world, so I continue to broaden my horizons. 
  14. Sometimes You Just Have to Let Things Go
  15. Live in the moment. Put down your phone, laugh more, enjoy the people around you and simply, live for the moments right now! 
  16. Let Go of What You Can’t Control
  17. Plan For the Future
  18. Learn to Say NO—And Not Feel Bad About It
  19. In a social media focused world, it’s easy to compare yourself to others but you should be proud to be who you are. Start seeing the good in yourself, know your worth and stop comparing because there’s only one you… and that’s a GREAT thing!
  20. Believe That You Deserve The Best Out of Life
  21. Have Gratitude For Life
  22. You Can’t Please Everyone… So Prioritize Those In Your Life
  23. No One Understands the Love and the Stress of a Mother Until You Become One
  24. My Mom Was Right About EVERYTHING
  25. Trust Your Instincts EVERY Time
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My Go-To Skin Care Routine + Products For Winter!

Today I wanted to share my current skincare routine for the winter!

These are products I’m using every day (seriously, day and night) and I swear by them!

I’ll start by saying this: I have pretty normal to dry skin and I get very few breakouts but especially in the mornings and during this time of the year my skin is very dry, so I am always in need of hydrating products. Plus, this routine really helps before applying my makeup, to make it go on smooth and flawlessly- I love it!

First I use makeup wipes by Neutrogena to remove any leftover makeup and to really get the first layer of dirt off. I use them morning and night because I just love the way it makes my skin feel- plus, it wakes me up and refreshes me in the morning!

Then I grab this facial/body scrubbing brush and apply my Lancer Method polish/exfoliate and scrub it all into my face with my brush, then I rinse with my towel and water really well.

This step I do nightly to remove all the dirt and build up from the day. This product is a bit more on the pricey side, but it’s so worth it and a little goes a long way.

Next, now that my face feels totally resurfaced, soft + smooth, I apply my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and rub that into my skin with my finger.

 

This is my absolute favorite cleanser because it makes my skin SO soft after all the brushing and exfoliating. It’s so gentle I’m pretty sure I will rely on this product forever! I also use their Baby Cleanser Body Wash for Ariah’s skin morning and night.

After completely exfoliating and cleansing my face, I tone it with this Neutrogena toner. Mainly, I use this in my T-Zone (the space between your eyebrows and down your nose) or where I notice my pores are larger. It helps to even out the surface of my skin when I keep this in my morning routine.

If I do find that I’m having a mini breakout I’ll use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and I swear the next morning it’s either gone completely… or almost unnoticeable!

Next… it’s the holy grail of beauty products- VITAMIN E OIL- and I think everyone should have it as part of their routine!

 I use just a little bit of Vitamin E Oil all over my face and since it’s an all-natural product, I let it soak in. You can really tell it’s working because it doesn’t just sit on your face like other products that have a lot of chemicals in them. The Vitamin E Oil perfectly moisturizers my skin, so I use it all over my body- and ended up tossing almost all of my other lotions… it’s the only thing you need!

Not only does it keep my face hydrated at night, but if I’m applying makeup after the oil sets in, it really gives it that dewy, flawless look that I love. Lastly, this was my go-to for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy… so basically it’s a miracle worker- it does it all!

If I feel like I have a little extra time- or my face just really needs more of a boost- I will apply this Kiehl’s Face Mask after cleansing my face. I’m obsessed with this mask, so I definitely try to apply this at least once or twice a week.

 

What are your go-to winter-friendly tricks and tips for your skin?

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7 Ways to Get + Stay Motivated Throughout 2018!

Who else is SO excited to hop into the New Year with a fresh burst of motivation?! I know I am + here’s why:

New Year’s Eve offers us so much more than fireworks and bubbly <<—- Though a glass of champagne never hurt anyone, right?

It’s our chance to say “HELLO CLEAN SLATE!” and leave any hiccups in the past. So, if you’re planning on making the next 365 days a HUGE SUCCESS, here’s my 7 must-have ways to stay motivated throughout all of 2018:

DETOX/ DECLUTTER

By detoxing I mean ALL aspects of your life! Your body will be begging for a detox following the holiday food and drinks, so try a juice cleanse, start taking your vitamins, eat as clean as possible, clear your mind from everything you just stressed over during the holidays (like trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list) and just start fresh!

For your home, declutter your closet from all the things that either don’t fit or you didn’t even touch in 2017 (Let’s be honest, you obviously aren’t going to wear it.) I love to donate the things we aren’t using anymore so that I know someone else will get real use out of them. In the end, you’re decluttering your space + giving to someone in need… And that always feels great!

DRINK WATER

I struggle with this at times but one of my goals this upcoming year is to drink AT LEAST 6-8 glasses of water a day! I know it sounds hard for some but staying hydrated will do wonders for my skin + I know my body will thank me later! Are you ready to up your h20 with me?! Here are my favorite bottles to help you get started!

                                    

TRACK FOOD INTAKE

Like most people, I indulged WAY too much at the end of the year, so I think it’s a perfect time for me to start tracking my food intake on MyFitnessPal app + REALLY hold myself accountable for what I’m eating.

WORKOUT PLAN

With the season coming to an end, we’re FINALLY about to be back in our brand new home in Texas- and what’s even more amazing is the home gym waiting for us to sweat it out in! This means I have ABSOLUTELY ZERO EXCUSES to finally start working out again.

When I’m getting back in the swing of things, it helps to have a plan before I start working out to know exactly what I need to get done that day… Plus, I’m one of those people that love to check to-do’s off my list for the day.

I may not always love how I feel while I’m working out… but I do LOVE it when I’m done (and the rush of endorphins that comes with it!) It sets the entire tone for my day so I try to get it done in the morning when I can.

PS: You can totally workout without a home gym or membership! If you’re interested in at-home workouts, let me know in the comments below and that may just be my next blog post!

LET GO OF NEGATIVITY

I feel like every year I learn so much from life experiences- both good and bad. One of my #1 things I’ve learned to do is drop all negativity from my life… and what better time than the beginning of the New Year?! With so much going on in all our lives, it brings me down when people focus on the negative, so I make it a point to be around positivity and good energy all the time.

DONT DOUBT YOURSELF

In past years I’ve noticed that I hold myself back from doing the things I truly love- and if 2017 has taught me anything, it’s to not doubt myself and JUST GO FOR IT!

 At the end of the day, the only thing holding you back is yourself, but you can do anything you put your mind and heart to, so stop wasting your time <<—- we’re not getting any younger, right? What have YOU been holding yourself back from?

GET ORGANIZED/ HAVE A TO-DO LIST

Last, but not least- and actually something I love doing- is getting organized with lists! For example, I have a grocery list at all times so anytime I run out of something I remember to write it on my grocery list so I remember to go out and get it.

I also make a “people to contact” list, an “everyday to-do” list… and many (many) more lists. When I started getting organized and making lists for every part of my life it really helped me to get all the clutter, mess and anxiety out of my head and onto paper (or my electronic devices) to visually see everything that needs to get done. And in no time, it was easy breezy.

So, now that you have MY go-to ways to bust into the New Year, I’m curious… what are yours? Drop your best tips in the comments below and share your experiences for making the most of a clean slate! From my family to yours, we wish you a healthy and happy 2018!

PS: Here are a few of my favorite workout clothes and accessories… who said you couldn’t be fashionable and fit at the same time, right?! My outfit details from the photos are below!