February 26, 2015

BEAUTY | LUSH FAVORITES


I thought I would share a few products from LUSH today on the blog that I really love and enjoy.

I started using LUSH cosmetics a little over 5 years ago, and have been hooked ever since. 

I have always had sensitive skin, so I love that all LUSH products are handmade with all fresh ingredients (and animal cruelty free). I know everyone has different skin types, but I haven't had an issue yet with any of their products aggravating my skin.  

I am also a lover of a relaxing, hot bubble bath, and  LUSH bubble bars and bombs always help me relax. My skin always feels so soft and smooth after I get out of a LUSH bath. 




Amandopondo bubble bar & Tisty Tosty bomb are my favorite bubble bath combo. Both have real roses inside that float on top of the water after dissolved, making your bath look so pretty. They smell like rose and jasmine to help relieve stress. These two always calm my rough, dry skin in the winter months.




Butterball is another great bomb for soft, silky skin. I love vanilla scents, and Butterball smells of vanilla. It works wonders for rehydrating the skin. This became an instant favorite for me. I highly recommend this one if you have dry skin. 



Sunny Side is an orange, tangerine and lemon scented bubble bar. It is coated with gold glitter, so your bubbles will shimmer. I love its citrus scent, great for waking you up. This one is amazing for a morning bubblebath on the weekend. 




Ocean Salt - self preserving is a sure favorite. This works as a face and body scrub. I use ocean salt all over my body, but mainly on my feet. For some, this is a little harsh to use on the face. I use it on my face once a week, and it has never felt too harsh for me. I love the smell, it reminds me of a lime margarita. Even though this is an exfoliant, it won't dry out the skin. The avocado and coconut in it will leave your skin so soft.


This lip scrub is a must-have for me. It works great (especially in the winter months) for removing dry, dead skin. I love anything mint, so this is my favorite of all the LUSH lip scrubs.


If you have never tried any LUSH products, I highly recommend giving them a try the next time you pass by a LUSH store. If you have any LUSH favorites, share your thoughts in the comments. I am always looking for new LUSH products to try! 



February 15, 2015

LIFESTYLE | VALENTINE'S DAY

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great Valentine's Day weekend?! We have had some really nasty weather here in Pittsburgh recently. For Valentine's day we got a whole lot of wind, snow, and yucky freezing rain. The mister and I had already planned on staying in for Valentine's Day with our newborn son, so it didn't smash any Valentine's day date plans or anything for us. I am having a hard time leaving my little guy right now , so we were perfectly happy staying in by a warm fire and cooking up a yummy dinner together. I wouldn't of had it any other way! I feel like it is Valentine's Day every day with my guys, but it was an excuse to do something extra fun. 


My husband got me some beautiful roses and I couldn't stop looking at them all day. So appreciative!



Since I am now a mommy, the husband and I agreed that having a chocolate allergy isn't going to go down very well in the future. I ended up getting on a medication for it and I am really not sure why I didn't do this earlier? lol I can't go crazy having a lot of chocolate , but I can have a little bit. My husband and I picked out some chocolates to share and have with a glass of wine. It was a whole new experience for me! 



He also picked me out some really lovely gifts from the LUSH store and our favorite wine. I can't wait to take a relaxing bubble bath this week after my little guy goes down for a nap. Much needed and so appreciated!



My sweet little Valentine is one month old already. After now having him with us....we can't imagine not having him in our lives. The smiles and cute little laughs are starting to happen and I melt every time.



I made my husband Valentine's Day brunch, something we don't get to do very often together. He works a rotating schedule, so it is normally dinner we get to enjoy together. 



The gorgeous view of my backyard...NOT! It was a total whiteout for a good while. I am over it, and so ready for spring!



We made his and hers pizza rolls. I loaded mine up with spinach, feta, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and some garlic and olive oil.

I had a fun night in with my guys and I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day also.



February 10, 2015

BEAUTY | SINFULCOLORS VALENTINE'S DAY COLLECTION


 Valentine's Day is this weekend, so I thought I would share a few of my polish choices from the SinfulColors Valentine's Day collection, Flirt With Hearts. 

There are 8 polishes in the Flirt With Hearts collection, but below I have swatches for-

Dream on - A brilliantly induced boysenberry. 
Love Sparkles - A light bubble gum pink gleaming with white hearts and flakes of glitter. 
24/7 - A gorgeous hot pink.
Rise & Shine- The perfect teal. 

You can purchase these polishes and check out the whole collection at Walgreens , Rite Aid, and other mass retailers today for an awesome price of $1.99.



My Choice for Valentines day is, Dream on with Love sparkles as my accent polish. 



Rise & shine with Love sparkles as my accent polish. + 24/7 with Love sparkles as my accent polish.



Check out the SinfulColors website to view more colors and collections.
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This was a sponsored post.


January 12, 2015

BABY | MY LABOR & DELIVERY STORY


If you have been following my pregnancy posts over the passed 9 months you know I was due to give birth any day. This has been an amazing journey! Thank you to everyone on here and on social media for all the love. 

Week 38 of my pregnancy-
 I had been having full blown contractions every 5 minutes, for hours- on-end, for over a week . I was experiencing prodromal labor. Something I wish no one would have to go through ! We had been to the hospital on New Years eve and were sent home because my contractions weren't progressing. I was so disappointed. I was having strong contractions every 5 minutes, ready to meet my son, and didn't get to go home with my baby. Instead, we had to wait it out at home.

Week 39 of my pregnancy-
Finally, after having more contractions all night, at 3am on January 3rd, my contractions started getting even stronger, longer, and closer together. My husband put his foot down and begged me to let him take me to the hospital. I didn't want to go back to the hospital only to be sent home again, so I was putting up with the pain as long as I could. Finally I gave in and my husband put our bags in the car and we headed to the hospital (40 minutes away).




We were lucky because we made it in right before all of the nasty morning, Pittsburgh traffic and just as we got there it started to poor freezing rain. A lot of the nurses (and our doctor) made it in late because of the weather, so we waited in a small room for about an hour.

Finally, a doctor came in and checked me out and my cervix progressed passed 5.5 centimeters and I was in active labor. My husband and I were so excited we were staying. Finally, the day had arrived and I get to hold my baby in my arms.



They finally got us into our delivery room at around 6am.  After going on and on with contractions , and going so long without sleep, it was a no-brainer when they asked if I wanted an epidural. At around 7 am I got my epidural. I was surprised that I didn't feel a thing! I was a little nervous about it after hearing other moms talk about how uncomfortable the process of getting an epidural was, but it didn't hurt a bit. After the epidural and after the nurses had hooked me up to everything, my husband was able to get some sleep.
 

The doctors kept checking on me, and after hours of being in labor, I hadn't progressed past 7 centimeters and was taken to another room for an emergency C-section.

It turns out that my frame / pelvis was to small for my tiny baby to pass down through. For over a week he had been trying to arrive! After having contractions for so long, my cervix was swollen, and so was my baby's head.

I went into this pregnancy knowing that anything could happen during labor, and I was fine with whatever had to happen- as long as my baby was ok. Was I a little disappointed it ended in a c-section? Yes! Honestly though, once you hear your baby cry...all of that goes away, and there are no words to describe that moment. You always hear people say  "You will never experience anything like hearing your baby cry for the first time", and it is so true! Next to marrying my husband, hearing my son cry for the first time will forever be my favorite moment and memory. I cried and cried and after looking over and seeing my husband crying...it made me cry even more. 


My love, Phillip Joseph L. was born on January 3rd at 11:52 pm. He weighed 6 lbs and 7 oz. 
Born just 1 day before his due date (January 4th) He is named after his daddy and it fits so well being that he looks exactly like daddy.



We stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Those 2 days seemed to drag on and on, but I got a lot of time to cuddle him and kiss him. I couldn't believe how tiny he was....and all that hair!




Daddy changed the first diapers and did such an amazing job helping out while we were in the hospital. On the last day we were SO ready to bring our little guy home.




On January 6th we were released. It just happened to be on our biggest snow day of the winter so far in Pittsburgh. Even though everything we had brought (or purchased) for him to wear was all to big for him, we bundled him up and headed home.


Phillip is a little over a week now and doing wonderful! He dropped down in weight to 5 lbs 14oz in the hospital, but gained weight since he has been home. He had his first checkup and weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. I am so in love with this little guy. He is worth all of the pain and sleepless nights. I am so happy he is home and healthy. My birthday is January 14th, so this was the best birthday gift I have ever received! 

December 20, 2014

BABY | MY PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS

I am now 38 weeks along in my pregnancy! Woohoo! Our little man can come any day now.

If I had to use one word to sum up this whole journey, "blessed" would be it. Considering  I didn't think I could have children anymore, and that this will be my only child. I can't help but feel so blessed to have been able to experience having a child and being a mommy.

 I had a pretty easy pregnancy with no crazy mood swings or horrible morning sickness. However, this 9th month has been a little tough sometimes. I have headaches, get very little sleep and everything becomes harder to do with the pelvic pain and weight of the baby. You can come out now little man!

My advice? I stayed active throughout my pregnancy, and always made sure to include a workout (even if it was a small one) to my day. Yoga and pregnancy stretches are a must! It is SO important to stay active during your pregnancy! I know if I had not stayed active throughout these 9 months, I would really be regretting it at this point. Drink lots of water and try and keep a healthy diet (Even though it can be hard at times).


I know that every pregnancy is different, but I hope that some of these items might help or come as some comfort for some of you newly pregnant mamma's out there.

Fetal Doppler - I recommend a doppler to every new mom starting at week 10. I only payed around $50 for mine. Being that your doctor visits for the first half of your pregnancy are so far apart, it put my mind at ease and gave me a lot of comfort knowing that I could listen to his heartbeat any time I wanted to in between doctor visits. So much can happen in the beginning of pregnancy, and there are a lot of risks for the first 12 weeks. DON'T freak out if you can't find the heartbeat your first try! It took me a few times to find it. There are also some great videos on YouTube that can help show you how to use it. I purchased the Sonoline B  and it comes with the jelly and batteries.


Garden of life - Vitamin code raw prenatal - I love my prenatal! Vitamin code is a raw, all natural prenatal vitamin that never upset my stomach (like most prenatals did to me). It has ginger root in it, and ginger helps with morning sickness and upset stomach (nausea). I am pretty sure that my vitamin was the reason I never had morning sickness. It gave me a lot of energy, helped boost my immune system and just made me feel really good. I order them from Amazon.com


Organic Rosehip oil & raw coconut oil - I have been using these 2 throughout my whole pregnancy to help keep stretchmarks away. I totally thought I would get stretchmarks because they are hereditary, but I haven't got any yet (and I am late in my 9th month). It wasn't a huge deal if I did get them because there are so many ways to get rid of them now, but I wanted to do anything I could do to help prevent them. I heard about the rosehip oil from (supermodel) Miranda Kerr. Miranda used it and swore by it during her pregnancy. I purchased the rosehip oil from Walmart and the raw coconut oil I got from good ol' Walgreen's. I used the rose hip oil in the morning all over my bump, butt, legs, boobs. Before bed and after I got out of the shower I used the raw coconut oil. 
Tums - I used the chewable Tums because of the heartburn. Especially in the later months of pregnancy it can be a pain at times.  They also have calcium (good for you and baby too).

Pregnancy Pillow - My husband bought me a full body pregnancy pillow (thank you honey!) and I used it every night during my 5-8 months. Before I was pregnant I was a tummy sleeper, so it was hard for me to adjust to sleeping on my side all night. My hips would hurt, and the pillow really helps support the hips and keep you comfortable during the night. When I hit 9 months though, this was taken off of the bed. I am in and out of bed so much at night, I just don't sleep much anymore haha!

Ginger tea - I got headaches during my pregnancy, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, and Tylenol did NOTHING for them! My husband (to the rescue again) was reading about ginger tea as a natural way to help with headaches. I found this helpful to take some edge off of those pesky headaches.

Pregnancy Apps- I used the "What to expect" and "The bump" apps. It was fun (or not so fun) to read what you will be going through each week (or the next week) and each app gives some good information about changes to your baby and your body week by week. My husband also had the What to expect app and would follow along with it every week. It is good for the husbands to know what to expect also.


Fruit & granola bars- Snack attacks come quite often throughout pregnancy, and no matter what, I was always reaching for Granola bars and fruit. I always had each on hand. Fruit was good for the vitamins and I always purchased the granola bars with almonds in them (both very good for you and baby). Much better for you than a bag of chips or a cupcake.

My husband - Saved the best for last! He was really a trooper these long 9 months, and was such a help to me. He always wanted to try his hardest to make it to (almost) every doctor visit (and there were many). He was up with me a lot of nights and always looked for answers to help when I wasn't feeling my best. We have had a good sense of humor throughout it all and I really appreciate all the times he would make me laugh when I wanted to cry. He has always been my rock, but I feel like this has really made me fall even more in love with him (and I didn't think I could possibly love him any more than I already do).




December 8, 2014

November 22, 2014

BEAUTY | 2014 SINFULCOLORS HOLIDAY NAIL POLISHES

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Anyone else excited for holiday nails?  SinfulColors has released 22 polishes full of shimmer, illuminating textures and glam for the 2014 holidays.  I have 4 polishes from this collection to share with you on the blog today. I hope you enjoy!



 Gold Medal,  Twilight Twinkles,  Decadent,  Sugar Sugar.



Gold Medal is the perfect metallic gold, Twilight Twinkles is full of big flakes of gold, Decadent has smaller red metallic flakes, and Sugar Sugar (my favorite) is a candy cane, red-hot red with tiny bits of shimmer.



I just love gold nails during the holidays! I used 2 coats of Gold Medal, and Twilight Twinkles as my accent polish. Twilight Twinkles is a sheer polish with gold flakes, so I applied it over Gold Medal. Both great for New Years!


Here I used Sugar Sugar as my main polish and Decadent as my accent polish. Again, I used 2 coats. 
As far as the formula, they apply very nicely. I love that you only need 2 coats of these polishes. I have been using SinfulColors for years, and at $1.99 each, you just can't beat the quality for the price. 

This collection is available exclusively at Walgreens for the 2014 holidays. 
You can also check out  SinfulColors.com to see more of their shades online.  
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November 15, 2014

BEAUTY | URBAN DECAY RAPTURE LIPSTICK




Today I am wearing Urban Decay's, "Rapture" lipstick. I am a big fan of the Revolution lipsticks.
I don't usually buy creamy lipsticks, but I love the formula of these because they aren't real slick, but not drying either. They feel super light on my lips. I also do not have to keep re applying like most creamy lipsticks. These are pretty long wear. I get about 5-6 hours out of them. It fades slowly and evenly and does not bleed.




Rapture is a new favorite because it is a super pretty everyday shade. It's a very cool toned plumy-pink or a muted rose. Great for fall and winter.



I paired this lipstick with Jordana's retractable, "Baby Berry" lip liner. I really love how they work together. Jordana retractable lip liners have been a favorite for years. I started wearing them when I was a teen. You just can't beat the quality for the price!



I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for viewing!