We all know that time is limited as a Mama. Especially around the holidays.
One of the things I teach in my courses is how to do your makeup quickly and efficiently. The goal here is that you aren’t spending hours on end shuffling through products and watching lengthy tutorials on looks you will never do. I give you a detailed and short list of products that actually work and then step by step instructions on how to apply them.
Women in current times are DEMANDING respect, demanding equal rights, demanding that they are treated fairly just as men would bet etc etc etc. But yet this is how we show up? This is how society views us?
I think MOMS are forgetting that they are a freaking integral part of society. We are raising the next generation of humans and if THIS is how we show up…we have a problem.
Dressing is no easy feat as a mama. We’ve got so much on our plate, lots to think about, limited funds (thanks diapers, broken arms and preschool dues), and then there is the mom bod. We find ourselves post baby, with left over nursing boobs, wider hips and just some funky things to overcome.
But, as always where there is a will there is a way. I will always maintain the position that moms don’t have to look like crap. We can put a little effort in and with the right tools, we can look really good while doing this whole motherhood thing.
I am a true minimalist at heart. Even with 4 kids. I don’t like toys everywhere. I don’t deal with chaos very well and I like to walk into a space and feel peace rather than stress. Which is sometimes a challenge with a big family.
I used to get lash extensions, and I LOVE them. I totally recommend them but honestly I don’t have the time anymore to maintain them. I wish I could, but right now our season of life is just so full. So I started looking into how I could get as similar effect at home, without putting on false lashes every single day..
Goodness friends. The past coupled days have been a challenge, to say the least.
Our sweet boy fell on Sunday night. He was in his room playing, fell off of a chair and broke his arm. While I literally cannot get into specific details because I am still a mess about it, all I know is that it was bad. It is nothing I ever want to experience again or have my babies experience.
My Brush Collection with Sigma Beauty is LIVE. We launched the first set on September 27th and they sold out in just over 24 hours. Now, Sigma has RESTOCKED for a limited time and they are available until they sell out!
#MomLife - It comes with lots of changes. Changes to our minds, our bodies and our relationships. We sleep less, we eat worse, we have to buy bigger clothes that are “breastfeeding friendly”...truth be told - it’s not the most flattering time of our lives. But it doesn’t mean that we have to lose ourselves either. We don’t have to feel crappy and look crappy all while our kids walk around looking like models.
I knew what I was "consuming" had an impact on my mental state, but not totally my identity. I think we, as a society, are currently functioning in such a passive and subconscious state when we do things, especially when we are on social media. This is just society today. We just accept the social norms with out question or argument.
I was listening to this podcast the other day while I was driving. And the guy was talking about the power of thought. He said - our brains are ancient (like caveman status). They are wired to survive, not thrive. Our brains naturally function in a fear based manner trying to keep us safe and alive. And that it takes an intentional “rewiring” or retraining of our brain to get out of survival mode and start to function in a more positive + thriving way.
A few years ago, my husband and I bought our first house. We were so ecstatic. We watched way too much Chip and Jo and thought we had it all worked out. And while we were so thankful for the opportunity to own our own home and fix it up exactly how we wanted it - we soon realized that it was a money and time pit. And it wasn't what either of us wanted, at least not right now. Not in the season of raising babies, soccer games, work meetings, first steps, first words, family vacations and more.
I’m Calling it friends. Selfless motherhood is bullcrap.
We’ve all seen those memes reminding us that our time with our kids is limited, we only have x amount of summers, x amount of christmases, x amount of first days and last days of school. And I get it. It is super easy to get caught up in the “I’m never going to sleep again” lie. (I may or may not have uttered that last week before I stopped nursing my almost 12 month old). But somehow this” encouragement to savor the moments” has turned into moms completely losing themselves in their kids and abandoning their own body, mind and sanity.
My girl, Angela, from Minty Beauty Co sent over a Maskcara Beauty palette and brushes for me to try. I was SO excited because this is all the rave right now and I needed to see what it was all about and compare it to "my way" of things.
I am so excited to announce the launch of my E-Book, The Ultimate Beauty Guide. A comprehensive guide to modern day makeup, how to choose your products and the tools to go with them. Available February 1st, 2018! The countdown is ON!
Have you ever walked into Sephora or Ulta and walked straight back out empty handed because you simply don't know what to buy? Or you head to the department store and the lady at the beauty counter matched your skin "perfect" in store and then you go outside only to find you have an orange face? Well, you are not alone. It's time to abandon overwhelm once and for all and walk confidently into stores to create your perfect makeup bag.
We are "on the go" a lot. We did have a nice slow season before we had Olivia, but since her birth we have started school, started soccer for 2 kids, I started a new job...(announcement coming soon), and everything else started up...moms group, small group etc.
I LOVE this season of life. It is so full. But one thing I started to notice, is we were having to eat more "convenient" meals as we are limited on time. Sometimes I can meal prep, which helps us a ton! But sometimes, I just don't want to or nothing sounds good.
One thing that is super important to me is feeding my kids healthy, fresh and nutritious options daily. I think that in order for our bodies to fight off all the germs that kids naturally just share and spread around, we have to make sure we are feeding our kiddos (and us) WHOLE foods consistently. This doesn't mean we don't eat sweets, carbs or treats. We definitely get our fill of yummy goodies. But I've always encouraged my kids, that in order to remove the guilt from treats, you need to fill the core of your diet with whole foods. So how do I stay on top of good nutrition for all 6 of us in our household?
I am a baby-wearer to the MAX. I studied cross cultural parenting in college which gave me a whole new outlook on baby wearing. Not only is it convenient but it has AMAZING benefits. Personally, I practice Attachment Parentingand something called "The Second Nine Months" , and it has honestly been incredible with all 4 babies. I have 4 very secure babies, who sleep great and are very confident. Confident enough to play on their own without hanging all over me. Which is why I can survive with 4 kids!
Motherhood is full of so many ups and downs. I honestly love motherhood more than anything in the world. I love every stage so far from newborn to my oldest who is 9. I feel honored to be able to wake up with them every day and lay them down each night. But there are so many aspects to motherhood that can leave a momma down at the end of the day.
Is anyone else ready for cooler weather and hot coffee? I find myself wondering if Phoenix is the place I want to raise my family. I crave changes in the weather, greener surroundings and some more mother nature. As a Phoenix Native who has traveled all around, I feel like there are so many beautiful places my family could be. How do you know you are raising your family in the right place? I feel like I was thrown into adulthood but I still don't know how to adult. I feel this stirring in my spirit to move...but where to?
I am a total book worm. I could spend hours reading book after book. Thankfully, my kids (most of them) have taken after me in that aspect. My oldest LOVES books so much. She usually reads chapter books in a day or two. But when she was younger, it was easier for me to get reading time in with her. She was interested AND I had more time to give just her. But ask the family grows, its harder to find time to spend with each child reading individually. Yes, the husband and I conquer and divide, but sometimes we want to all be together too.
I love hearing what questions you all want me to answer. This is a really popular question. "How do I prepare our kids for a new baby?" This is such an awesome question and one that many parents have when they are considering adding a new baby the bunch or when they get pregnant.
Getting out of the house is challenging to say the least. I was so worried about how I would get around with all the kids plus everything we have to carry with us. Most double strollers have no space for diaper bags or any shopping bags. So you are stuck holding bags and its just too much work to do anything. When I found the Austlen Stroller, I knew I had to have it.
Alright, mamas. Breastfeeding is HARD! Thankfully, I have had great breastfeeding experiences with 3 out of 4 of my babies. But the first time around with my oldest, I was misadvised which lead to pain, stress, lots of tears and eventually formula. And I feel like there is so much misinformation out there regarding nursing. So I brought in the best Lactation Consultant I know to answer some of those questions new andexperienced mamas have regarding nursing! Amey Clark with Az Breastfed Babies is a literal Breastfeeing genius and so educated on every aspect of nursing! (and much, much more!) She has graciously answered some of the FAQ's of breastfeeding and given us her Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips!
Alright, friends. I am going to admit it. Having 4 kids is freaking hard. It's dirty. And its a little bit stressful. I would rather spend my time reading and playing with my kids then cleaning. And my new friend bObi Classic from bObsweep lets me do just that!
When I say it out loud, it sounds silly. Only married for 4 years. Because it feels like we have been together forever. But 4 years ago, we said "I do" in a private ceremony with just us and the 2 older kids. Little did we know, a few years later we would add two more precious girls to the bunch.
Most people think that with each baby you have, you stress less. That with your first baby, you are a ball of stress but by baby number 2, 3 or 4 you are a professional. But I don't think that is the case. Especially with large amount of information that swirls around the internet. Its incredible that we have this much information at our fingertips, but it also sometimes causes more worry. Especially for us mamas that are sometimes up all night either googling a rash, nursing every hour or just checking that our baby is still breathing.
With each of my first 3 previous pregnancies, I delivered the baby and went back to work RIGHT away. After all, I was a hair and make up artist, so I worked for myself. No one paid me maternity leave, no one gave me 6 weeks off. If I wasn't working, that meant I wasn't making an income. And at that time, that just wasn't possible. Fast forward, and I delivered Olivia and decided to just rest. I stayed in my jammies, I took a couple naps, and I didnt leave my house for about 2 weeks. I didn't go shopping as much as I wanted to. But the best rest of all, was resting from my phone. Not answering calls, not responding to every single message. I posted rarely on social media and that was only for work purposes. I just rested. I remained present with my family. I had no desire to get ready or even get dressed. And I cannot tell you another time in my life that this was even possible.
We are home and have had our sweet girl with us for a full week (+2 days). This week has flown by. To start, we feel more balanced than ever. Its funny, my husband looked at me today and said, I feel like we are so much more balanced with 4 kids. And I totally agree with him. Mia totally threw us off when we had her. Everyone said that baby #3 is a hard adjustment, and I never believed them. But it totally was. It could have been circumstantial with a rough pregnancy and a very hard delivery and I never felt quite right after her. But with this one, all feels right in our home.
Thursday, June 22nd at 10:02 pm, we welcomed our sweet baby girl into the world. We did not know her gender prior to birth, but we were completely convinced it was a boy. To our surprise, another sweet girl entered the world! I will share more about the birth in another post, but she came on her own, a few days after her due date and completely natural. It took us a few days to comprehend that we had another sweet girl, but we finally landed on a name and it is so fitting for her sweet face!