Monthly Archives: February 2013

get the MOMMY look: jennifer garner

From left to right:

Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics:
If she isn’t on the red carpet, her hair is worn loose or up in a neat ponytail!
Ouchless Elastics provide all the hold without ripping or ruining the hair.
Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Smoothers:
She is always in minimal makeup when off duty but her lips always look well hydrated with a hint of colour. This should do the trick!
Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar:
Clear skin is her allure. She keeps it simple using this clear bar to cleanse daily.
Consonant Body Natural Matte Finish Sunscreen:
As a mom, she knows the importance of protecting both her skin AND her children’s skin
from the damaging effects of the sun. Sunscreen is a must for her.
Bonus: it keeps her ageless!

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quick beauty: losing the weight …

Alright, so yesterday, I admitted that I sometimes judge other moms but there is one area where I WILL NEVER judge another mom and that area is: losing the baby weight. First, I want to congratulate and commend all the moms who manage to stay within a healthy weight gain during pregnancy, and bounce right back right after pregnancy. But I also want to congratulate all the moms out there whom let their bodies flow through pregnancy naturally, gaining the weight they gain even if its more than necessary and losing the weight they lose even if it takes longer than expected. The common denominator between both stories: respect for the body.

I don’t believe in punishing your body or depriving it. I do believe in listening to it and taking care of it.

Of course, the healthiest thing for your body after pregnancy (and for you and your children!) IS to lose any extra pounds and to get your health and strength back to a comfortable level. Here are my tips on easing back into it:

Don’t rush it. The goal to will fit into your pre-preggo jeans within two weeks after birth is nice, but its also going to set yourself up for disappointment if it doesn’t happen. Try aiming for health/strength related goals first before body image/size ones. For example: I’m going to do ten squats, ten lunges and ten push-offs against the wall each morning and work my way up to 15 of each by the end of the month. Focusing on rebuilding strength and tone first will keep your mind off the size number and instead allow you to appreciate the gradual positive changes your body is making, keeping you motivated.

Write it down. Easier said than done, yes, but I do find writing down what you’re eating makes you more aware of what you’re putting in your mouth. You’ll begin to realize what habits you can lose, when you’re eating mindlessly, and where you need to beef up your habits (are you getting enough iron and calcium?). But in addition to keeping a food journal, also keep an exercise journal – logging in what activities you have done and the times you did them. This will help you determine the best times of day to fit in a quick minute workout or when you feel most motivated to do it, or when the newborn seems to not mind if you take ten minutes to yourself to swing a kettle ball around!

Ask for help or take the help. Don’t be supermom. If grandma comes over and says “take a nap while I watch baby for 30 minutes” or the bff says “go eat something, I’ll change her diaper” – your immediate response is to smile, say thank you and do as prescribed. You’ll need a nap for energy. You’ll need time to feed yourself a healthy meal. Be grateful for moments of help and use them to treat and rejuvenate your body properly.

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bp minute: a minute for moms …

There are plenty of tinted moisturizers to choose from but I am particular right now to NARS Pure Radiance Tinted MoisturizersLaura Mercier and Bobbi Brown make some luxurious ones as well that will having your face feeling like a million bucks even if the rest of you doesn’t.  COVERGIRL’s BB Cream tinted Moisturizer is a budget friendly option with the benefits of a BB cream, and Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer at 75ml per bottle lasts forever meaning less trips to the beauty department with a big stroller in tow.
You have options!

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hello baby!

From top right corner:
COVERGIRL Jumbo Gloss Balms:
gloss balms are a great way to brighten up the face using one hand and
without messing up your makeup application!
NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer:
when you are a mom, it’s all about multi-tasking;
hydration and coverage in one-step – yes please!
Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture:
both my previous children had patches of eczema during their early years
and I found nothing worked better for their skin than Aveeno.
Baby Toms:
do I even need to comment? Just because they grow fast,
doesn’t mean you can’t have a few trendy items to dress them up in!
California Baby Diaper Rash Cream:
I don’t care who you think you are –
you WILL experience diaper rash … more than once!
Snugli High Chair:
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, so being able to
have the baby nearby, buckled in, and engaged with me seems very convenient!

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quick beauty: i gotta change my beauty routine for you? hell no!

I know you’ve had that one friend … or family member … or colleague. She used to be dressed to the nines, always polished up, and just on top of it all. Yes? Sound familiar? And then said friend/family member/colleague, gets married, has a baby, becomes a mom and the next time you see her, she’s … different. Different is a nice way for me to say that she looks like she managed to pull on a pair of threadbare yoga pants, throw her hair in a topknot and you’re not 100% positive, but she MAY have brushed her teeth that morning. By the way, her baby is already past the one year mark … um – is she ever gonna “bounce back?”

Adjusting your routine to live life as a new mom is tough – I’m not downplaying it at all. “All babies are different, so don’t worry! You need to find a routine! You need to sleep when the baby sleeps! Let chores slide until you get the hang of it! Breastfeed until they’re four years old!” (please don’t!) There are so many words of wisdom passed around when you have a baby that you try to follow them all … and then you forget the number one golden rule: you can’t take care of anyone else, unless you take care of yourself first.

This week, I’m going to try to NOT BE opinionated on parenting and motherhood and moms who think they just can’t shower during the day or find the time to put on actual jeans (I’m aware of myself to admit that I do judge mom’s who run around saying they can’t do anything because of their children and I know it’s wrong of me). But I am going to impart my thoughts and ideas on how you can still maintain your sense of self through beauty and style, products I love for baby and for mommy, and products I’m dying to get my hands on!

Being a mother IS a great thing … but being you is just as awesome too! So let’s celebrate all the mom’s who parent and take care of their children, but still find time to look A+ … just because our nails are did, doesn’t mean we aren’t as hard-working! :)

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