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Stretch Mark Prevention

During my pregnancy one thing I did every day was use a stretch mark prevention lotion. I just stumbled upon it one day at Walgreens. I like the ingredients and price so I grabbed it.

I started using it when I started to show which was around 8 ish weeks. I would use it after every shower and every morning adding it to my routine of washing my face. I didn’t only use it on my stomach I used it full body. Stretchmarks can appear anywhere and during pregnancy your entire body changes.

I am happy to report that after gaining quit a bit of weight and my stomach expanding to a size I didn’t know was possible (lol) I do not have any stretch marks. I am still using it today to help with the tightening of my skin during my postpartum care as well.

I absolutely recommend this product!

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Pore Vacuum

I love trying new facial products and working on my skin health. I saw so many different people trying these, what I call, pore vacuums. I had to try but I didn’t want to spend a fortune.

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I got the Derma Suction! It comes with 4 different attachments and two suctions speeds. The attachments allow you to get into all the groves of your face. Having two speeds or levels of suction gives you control over sensitive areas of your face.

I use this once a week, usually on Sundays. I cleanse my face and then use the Derma Suction. Keep the tool moving, do not let it sit in one spot on your face. I move in the same direction all over my face then go over it again the opposite direction. Once you are finished MOISTURIZE. I can’t say that enough! You just sucked not only the dirt and grime but the moisture out of your skin so you need to put it back. I usually use a moisture mask or a thick moisturizer cream.

You also want to clean out your took after each use, believe me you will be amazed and grossed out! There is also a small filter that will need to be changed periodically.

I have noticed a huge difference in my face and pores. My make up goes on smoother and my skin feels better. I don’t feel like I have little bumps everywhere or that my pores are full of gunk.

You can get yours at Bed Bath & Beyond (where I got mine it was $19.99), CVS, Walgreens and Wal Mart. These are just the places I have seen them. It’s not an expensive took and you will get great results!

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Identity Lingerie

I really want to share with you about these great pieces. I am not really into lingerie but I love my pajama sets and the material is everything to me. Identity Lingerie has amazing quality and material. So soft and comfortable. The details on each piece make them gorgeous too, so you can’t beat that.

This company is based in Europe and one thing I love about the website is that on the left hand side you can select USD and the site switches to show you the US price. I mean this is amazing because that is the one thing I cannot stand about so many overseas sites is that I really have no clue what I am paying in the end.

Everything is very well made so these pieces will last and stay looking great. Bridal Parties, you must check out their matching robes and sets for bachelorette parties you have coming up.

I would say that I am normally a small and the tops fit great but the bottoms were a little tighter in my booty than I like so I would go up to a medium. Check their sizing chart before ordering but they do have a 30 day return policy.

Check them out at the link https://identitylingerie.com/

This link will take you to the white set pictured above. https://identitylingerie.com/product/babydolls-bridal-white-silky-satin-lace

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Olly Nutrition

As you have seen on Instagram recently I have started taking Olly vitamins and now adding their protein powder and bars. I am loving the products and feel the benefits. I started with the vitamins. We were at Target getting who knows what and saw all the different vitamin options. We compared many different brands and decided to try Olly. After 30 days I could really see a difference in my energy levels. I did some research on the company and decided to try the protein powder, it is plant based and has been delightful. The bars are truly filling and the taste and texture are great. Texture can be really difficult with some of the protein bars or snack bars I have tried in the past.

 

Olly is B Corp Certified – “Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.” I mean why wouldn’t you want to do business with a company like this! Not only are they B Corp Certified they are also a member of the Council For Responsible Nutrition.

I cannot tell you enough how impressed I was with this company and every product I have tried has not disappointed. I truly recommend them for anyone looking for a great vitamin or healthy product. They even have vitamins specialized for kids. Visit their website to learn more and see more products. Their products are also sold at Target!

https://www.olly.com/collections

 

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De-Stress Muscle Gel

I have to share this product with you guys, I am loving it! Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel / Focusing & Soothing. I am so sore almost all the time from working out and being active so a couple people recommended trying a product like this.

First off the smell is amazing! I love the lavender for a calming/soothing scent, which is so good for you after a work out. The texture is gel like but easier to rub in like a lotion, so it cools your muscle when you apply it to your skin. I use it all over; legs, arms, neck – you name it. I use it after the shower and the scents really do provide a calming effect. My muscles feel great after using as well, I am not pain free but the cooling really helps them to calm down and the more I use it the better I feel.

This is a great product to use after your workout and stretching to help with your muscle repair and healing. It will also allow you to feel calm and by being less sore you can push your self more in your next workout.

I also have chronic neck pain and I use it when it flares up. I can really tell a difference and it gives that icing feeling without needing to sit and wait 20 minutes to ice it.

I have added this to my daily routine and you need to try it for yourself!

Check out their website for many more products they offer. (I don’t sell any of this or make any money off any sales, I just really like to share products I love!)

https://www.aromatherapyassociates.com

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Face Mask

I am always trying new skin products because I really haven’t found something I like to use all the time. I had a go to brand in high school but things have changed from then so I like to try news ones.

The Whish Renewing mud Mask was something I started using a few weeks ago and I can see a difference. It is so quick to use and the benefits are seen right away. Simply apply a think layer to your face, avoiding eyes, nose and mouth, leave on for 15 seconds the first time building up to 2 minutes. Then wipe off with a wash cloth in a circular motion for exfoliating. Done! (use 1-2 times a week) It gently exfoliates and eliminates dead skin revealing smoother more even skin.

I really like it because it is paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, DEA & TEA free and petrochemical free, naturally sourced and organic ingredients!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

https://whishbody.com/products/renewin-mud-mask

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Birds Eye Steamfresh

My sister recommended the Protein Blend Birds Eye Steamfresh and boy was she right. It is quick and delicious. PLUS packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.

It’s in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Only 4 1/2 minutes in the microwave and you have a perfect side dish or meal on it’s own. I grilled some chicken to add to mine for a perfect quick week night meal.

Not all processed foods are bad, you just need to read the label and make sure what is in the package is real food. Not just chemicals. Try this out and let me know what you think, it’s going to be in my freezer all the time.

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Ningxia Red

I hadn’t heard of Ningxia Red until I began using Essential Oils a few weeks ago. (I will talk about the oils in a future post) I was very interested in learning more about his berry that makes the drink.

 

 

It is made of wolf-berry, pomegranate, blueberry and other super foods. **Fun fact there are more than 80 species of wolf-berry and each holds a different amount of antioxidants and nutritional value**

Benefits of the Wolf-Berry

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B
  • Antioxidants

So what makes this little shot of juice even better than just this singular berry….

  • Whole food source of protein, vitamins, minerals & fiber
  • Essential oils of yuzu, lemon, tangerine & orange
  • Natural antioxidants
  • Highest levels of naturally occurring, age defying S-ORAC activity. Studies have shown that S-ORAC supports cardiovascular health, supports healthy immune function and supports healthy eye function
  • Natural detoxing
  • Natural form of energy

With all of this good stuff, the main question is how does it taste? I was hesitant the first time I drank it because I was worried about the taste, but it was delicious! I had no problem drinking it down in no time. These little packets are great because it is pre-packaged in the 2oz per day that you should drink. However you can buy a large bottle as well. Some people drink it just on it’s own or mix it into their bottle of water for an infused water flavor.

Try it and let me now what you think.

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Ecoatheart Straws

I want to share with you a fun fact about straws, did you know it takes 7 year for 1 straw to decompose, yes 7 years. Now just think for a second how many straws you, as one person, use on a weekly basis. Now multiply that by millions and millions!

As I have gotten older I have really grown more and more aware of recycling and eco friendly products. Every week I have a heaping pile of recycling and my trash keeps decreasing.

Now when I get a drink I love a straw, just something about it. These are a great addition to my kitchen supplies. They are stainless steel, dishwasher safe and come in multiple sizes. I got the larger ones so I can use them with my smoothies and they are perfect. No issues with clogged straws or holes in them. I use them for everything now. They also come with a cleaning brush to make sure you can get the entire thing clean. They come in packs of 5.

You can get yours on Amazon.com a the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Eco-Heart-Reusable-Straws-Stainless/dp/B00K7VGAMO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523325985&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=ecoatheart+straws

Visit their website https://www.ecoatheart.com/ for more straw sizes and information.

Think about your straw the next time you grab one and remember how small that is and what a difference one person can make. PS I keep one in my purse for restaurants and on the go drinks 🙂

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Thunderbird Real Food Bar

I was given a recommendation to try the Thunderbird Real Food Bar and it was a great one. I am very aware of what ingredients are in the foods I am eating because I don’t feel the need for all the chemicals when there are so many delicious real food options!

 

Another perfect thing about these, they are made right here in Austin, TX. I love local. I really liked that when I was in the store I could easily and quickly see what ingredients went into the bar, very few and all whole foods.

The first bar I had was the Texas Maple Pecan and it was delicious, I could eat those every day. I also tried the Almond Apricot Vanilla and this one was a little different for me. I loved the flavor but the chunks of Apricot were just too big for me. I would prefer it be smaller as I am not a huge Apricot fan. However all the taste was great. The texture is great, it’s soft but not chewy so nothing stuck in your teeth.

Its a perfect, healthy grab and go snack or breakfast. I definitely recommend you try them.