Friday, March 29, 2019

Winter 2019 Eco Awards Giveaway!

Winter 2019 Eco Awards Giveaway - Create Play Travel
We are excited to partner with Create Play Travel to announce the Winter 2019 Eco Award Winners! Each of these products are sustainable or natural, easy to use and have a great design. You can find the full award details here!
Giveaway Prizes⁣

Revelae Kids cloth snack bags - set of 3. These reusable snack bags are decorated with colorful, modern patterns. They're moisture resistant and have a zipper that's easy for kids to open.

Java Skin Care Full Body Routine & Bloom Duo. Collection includes body serum, body scrub, body wash, body bar soap, rose lip scrub and tinted lip balm. All products contain Java Skincare signature raw coffee-argan oil infusion, packed with nutrients, caffeine and antioxidants to make your skin look, smell and feel beautiful.

ergoPouch Cocoon swaddle & sleep bag - winner can choose boy or girl and size.

goSili $40 gift package of assorted goSili items.

Buttons Diapers (1) trainer & 2-pack of cotton boosters - winner can choose style based on availability.

Andy Pandy Organics (1) pack of bamboo diapers (any size), Organic baby body wash & shampoo (any fragrance) and Organic baby lotion.
This giveaway is coordinated by Create. Play. Travel. and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. One (1) winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Instagram on April 11th, 2019. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Create. Play. Travel. and the participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. No purchase required to enter. Have fun and good luck!⁣

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What I Use On My Skin

To start off, I am no skin expert, my skin is far from perfect, BUT I have found affordable skin care products that work for me. While I would love to have an endless budget to use for different beauty products, that just isn't the case, and I realize this isn't the case for most of you as well. That being said, I totally believe you can have great skin without spending a fortune. In these pictures I don't have any foundation or anything on, so you can get an idea of what my skin truly looks like. Here's what I currently use!

Equate Beauty Acne Treatment System 
I have struggled off and on with acne for years, with it being the worst when I was in junior high and high school. I've tried everything from ProActiv to Clinique, to natural face masks, and the list goes on. My skin was super bad when I was in the first trimester with my last pregnancy, so I decided to try an Equate version of an acne treatment system. Guys, it worked so well for me! It is like 12 bucks for the entire 3 step system and it actually works better than anything else I have used!

Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask
I love using a mask on my skin every now and then and this is one of my favorites! It is a traditional charcoal mask and does a great job of removing dead skin that clogs my pores. The smell is minty, which I love, and pulling it off honestly isn't nearly as painful as people make it seem ha.

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing and Makeup Remover
This is my "back-up" face wash when I don't want to use my 3 step system, or don't have the time. I wash my face twice a day most of the time, but only use my 3 step system once per day. I love that this is made from natural ingredients because it isn't super harsh on my skin and it seriously lasts forever.

Baby Magic Hair and Body Wash 
When it comes to removing the makeup from my eyes, I love using baby shampoos and body washes. They are so mild to use on my eyes and they don't burn or irritate them. I use Baby Magic on Clint right now, so that is what I use in the shower when I am removing my eye and face make-up.

I will do another post sometime talking about some of the face brushers, hair trimmers, etc., that I use on my face because I love and swear by them as well! I hope you guys found this post helpful! :) I would love to hear what you use!

xoxo
Rachel 
Friday, March 22, 2019

A Little Life Update

I haven't been great about posting lately because we have been sick for the past two weeks or so and it's been tough! It was a horrid stomach bug and I am so glad that we are all feeling better now! We did manage to get some fun stuff in between sicknesses though, so I thought'd I'd share a few pictures. :)
We took the kids to Pet World and the kids were fascinated by all of the animals! They were a bit upset that there were no puppies or kittens because they both want a puppy so bad it isn't even funny.

Chanse and I switch off weeks taking Riley to his little gymnastics class and it's a blast! Riley gets so excited for the one-on-one time and he grins from ear to ear and runs all over the place like an energizer bunny the whole time. :) 

If you have seen the show Trolls on Netflix, then you might recognize my kids as being Party Crashers. Rose is obsessed with them and always asks me to dress her up as one! :) 
We went the to the library over Spring Break when most of us were feeling halfway decent and the kiddos loved it! They did a Story Time in Portuguese and it was so cool! 
Clint is by far my smiliest baby and we all love it so much! He gets so excited when you talk to him and his smile is so contagious!
It has finally been warm enough to play outside, so we have totally been taking advantage of it. Our backyard is small, but I am counting my lucky stars that we have one this time around! :) 
We always seem to be on the go with one activity or another, but I love it! I love seeing my kids happy and thriving and doing things that they enjoy! I also like that it burns off some of their energy!;) 

I hope to be back to regular (or at least more regular ha) blog posts now that we are all feeling better. Thanks so much for following along! Have a wonderful weekend! I plan to spend a lot of time outside enjoying the warmth here in Kansas! :) 

xoxo
Rachel 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What I've Learned Since Becoming A Mom


PC: Courtney Peterson

I thought that by the time I had 3 kids I would have this whole mom thing down to a fine art, but I've learned that definitely is not the case, at least for me. Sometimes I feel like just as much of a newbie as I did when I brought Rosalie home from the hospital. 

I feel we are constantly being bombarded with what we should and shouldn't be doing as a mother and while some of this can be so very helpful, a lot of it just isn't. I also find myself comparing myself to other moms and this isn't helpful either because most of the time I just end up feeling inadequate. 

One thing that I feel I have learned over the last 5 years of motherhood is that I am always going to do what I feel is best for my children. When I was pregnant with Rosalie and even after I had her, I had a lot of people telling me what I HAD to do. Even then, I felt like there wasn't one right way to do things. We all parent differently and I don't believe that there is anything wrong with that IF we are doing our best. We are given our kiddos for a reason and I truly believe that we are all they need. 

I don't care if you co-sleep or put your baby in their own room from day one. I don't care if you breastfeed, formula feed, or do a combination of the two. I don't care if you let your kids watch television or if you don't allow television in your home at all. I just don't care because you know what is best for your family and your children, NOT ME. I feel like we spend so much time judging each other and it just isn't how things should be. 

We as moms need to lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. We need to admire the good qualities each of us have as mothers, instead of comparing and criticizing. Motherhood in and of itself is hard enough, amazing, but hard, so why make it harder on yourself or other moms? 

I don't have all of the answers, and I know that I never will, but that's okay! My kids don't expect me to be perfect, heck, they don't even know what a perfect mom looks like...thank goodness! They know I love them, they know I am always here for them, and I am learning that it's okay if things don't always go as I'd like them to. 

I am learning that patience is not my strong suit, but that I am getting better at it as I work on it each day. I am learning that each of my children are so incredibly different and I need to give them the individualized love and attention that they need. I am learning that I can do more than I ever thought I could and its empowering. I'm learning that being a mother is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me and I thank my Heavenly Father every single day for blessing me with my 3 amazing kids!

I know this post is a little bit different than my others, but I really wanted to share my thoughts because being a mom is a huge part of who I am. 

I'd love to hear some of your thoughts as well! I also wanted to tell you guys thank you so much for reading and following along. It means the world to me!

xoxo
Rachel 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Simple Ways To Keep Your Hair Healthy


We all want hair that is healthy right?! I mean I know I do, but I feel like there is so much information out there that it is hard to navigate what actually works and what doesn't. While I know everyone is different, I feel like there have been certain things that have helped me to grow out my hair and keep it as healthy as possible in the process. That being said, I am a mom of 3, I just had a baby, and yes I realize I am well overdue for a trim and some highlights, so my hair isn't perfect obviously.

So to start off, my hair was so damaged about 6.5 years ago that I had to cut it super duper short with these awful layers. It looked horrible! It was right after I got married and I felt so insecure. Thankfully, my husband is the sweetest person on the planet and just tried to make me feel beautiful. However, since that happened to me, I am super conscious of taking care of my hair. But, like I said, these are just simple things that work for me, nothing crazy.

Use Minimal Heat On Your Hair 

If you know me, or even if you look at pictures of me, you can likely tell that 99% of the time my hair has not been styled with heat. I almost never blow dry my hair when it is wet and I probably use heat on it 3 times a month or less. I am all about waves, braids, and top knots. Not only are these hairstyles quick and easy, but they help me to avoid damaging my hair. You'd be surprised how many hairstyles you can do without ever touching a blow dryer, curling iron, straightener, etc. 

Only Wash 2-3 Times A Week 

Gasp! I know, this probably sounds gross, but it works for me. My hair is oily, so I have to use dry shampoo in between washings, but it works like a charm and no one can tell that I haven't washed my hair ha. ;) This stops my shampoo from stripping some of the natural oils from my hair and helps to keep it feeling more moisturized. I also use very little shampoo on the ends of my hair whenever I wash it and mainly just focusing on getting the grease out of my roots. 

Avoid Hair Ties or Bands 

I know it isn't realistic to never have your hair in a pony tail, but when you do, try to use something that isn't going to pull on your hair and break it. I almost always choose to use a scrunchy over a hair tie or band because they don't pull on my hair nearly as much. There are so many cute scrunchies available now! I remember a couple of years ago when I was wearing them, I would get some comments about how it wasn't the 80s anymore, but we will just say I was ahead of the curve. ;) 

Brush Your Hair After It Has Dried 

This is actually a huge one for me and is something that I probably started doing about 3 years ago. I realized that it was getting harder and harder to brush my hair out when it was wet because it was getting longer. I felt like I was pulling so much hair out in the process and honestly it just hurt my scalp. I decided to wait until my hair was dry to brush it out and that has been a game changer for me! It is super easy to brush out once it is dry and I feel like I lose way less hair!

Like I said, these tips are super simple, but they have made a world of difference for me and have helped me to grow my hair out! 

I'd love to hear some of your tips!

xoxo
Rachel