The mama queen
Hello! I'm Raina

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Acrylic Nails are Part of My Monthly Budget

For those of you that know me, know that I have been obsessed nail polish for forever. Before kids, when I taught pure barre and coached a dance team part-time, I had a lot of time on my hands. I would paint my nails probably like every other day. I know it was a bit obsessive but it was a hobby of mine and I hated when my nails were chipped. At some point I even got into nail art and did all these fun manicures that I found on Instagram or Pinterest. Now with kids and working and blogging, I don’t have a lot of time anymore so I resort to getting my nails done every two weeks. It’s ...

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide on Amazon

Ok, so I'm sure you're on here to find out what my exciting news is and I just wanted to share that I'm an Amazon influencer! I literally order most of the things I need from Amazon so I'm thrilled to have my own page where I can share everything that I love and want! With that said, I created Mother's Day gift lists for those of you who have prime and haven't gotten your Mother's Day gifts yet. Where are my fellow procrastinators at?! Haha. Click here to shop! ...

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Health Benefits of Health Plus’ Turmeric Capsules

As an active mom who works as a dance teacher, it's important for me to keep my body healthy and strong with HealthPlus' turmeric capsules, which have great health benefits. They have 3 products in their Turmeric Line, each with their own target - Digest, Heart and Joint. First and foremost, let's start with what turmeric is and where it comes from. Turmeric is a herbaceous plant from Southern Asia and part of the ginger family. It was first used as a dye in food for its orangey-yellow color. It's still used for that purpose and for its warm, bitter taste in Asian foods and yellow mustard. ...

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Clean Living with Raw Sugar Living Products

I finally got to try Raw Sugar Living products after hearing so many great things about them, like how they promote clean and healthy living. I've seen them during my many trips to the Target beauty section and was always admiring their simple, eco-friendly packaging. What's also great is that you get the bang for your buck, each product is a good size for the price you pay. We have been loving the Avocado + Cactus Pear hand soap and Avocado + Cactus Pear body wash in my household! Not only do they smell amazing, but they are made with high quality ingredients that promote clean and ...

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April Fitness Journey Update

Happy April, everyone! Since it's April, I wanted to give you all an update on my fitness journey. For those that follow me on Instagram, you know that I am currently on the BBG workout plan and was on a customized meal plan created by my friend and fellow blogger, Mama Rocki. I started the meal plan because I went months on months eating anything and everything. For someone who was always "healthy" in the past, I just didn't feel right after awhile and my body totally needed a cleanse. I did the meal plan for 2 months and definitely lost weight! I didn't get to where I want to be just yet ...

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Everyday Face Make-up for a Natural Look

As a dance teacher, I like to wear minimal and natural looking face make-up everyday. I love the almost no make-up look with make-up. Does that make sense? Lol. Well, CLOVE + HALLOW gifted me their Pressed Mineral Foundation compact and their Hydraglow and I'm in love. Not to mention, their products are 100% cruelty-free and vegan which is always a major plus! The CLOVE + HALLOW Pressed Mineral Foundation goes on smoothly and gives me the perfect amount of coverage for the everyday daytime look! I'm very picky when it comes to my face powder because I literally wear it every day. I don't ...

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GrandeLash MD Took My Lashes to the Next Level

GrandeLash MD has taken my natural lashes to the next level. I've always been a lash girl. Whenever there is a special event or just blog photos, I ALWAYS have to wear falsies to make my eyes pop. I wish my natural lashes look like falsies but that's not the case. Thankfully for GrandeLash MD growth serum, my lashes got longer after using it consistently every night for a month. I used to use Latisse back in college then stopped because it got too expensive. I think it was like $120 per bottle? GrandeLash MD is only $65 OR $120 for a 3 month supply! What a steal. I'm always skeptical ...

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Products for Color Damaged Hair

Don't get me wrong, I LOVED my blonde hair! I needed a change and it was definitely fun being a blonde for a whole year. Do blondes have more fun? Hmm, negative. I had just the same amount of fun with being a brunette my whole life lol. The only downside is that it left my hair completely damaged. My hair is naturally thin which explains why it was so easily damaged by the bleach. I've recently gone back to dark and although, my hair appears to be "healthier," it's still the same hair that was blonde. It's like when you "sweep problems under the rug," get it? no? Ok, I tried lol. But yeah... ...

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