Belly After Baby

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So I’ve been wearing the Belly Bandit Post-Pregnancy Belly Wrap ever since I got it 2 weeks ago and I can’t believe how much my stomach has been shrinking already. Not only does it help keep everything in place, it actually helps with shrinking and firming the post-pregnancy belly! I love wearing it around the house while I chase after the kids and clean. I’m usually a Size XS but I got a Size Small since I obviously just had a baby a few weeks ago lol. With just 2 weeks, I’m already able to close it all the way and I can probably size down to an XS soon.

You’re probably wondering, how does it really work?! Lol. I did too. Here’s how:

  •  Helps shrink your belly, waist and hips
  •  Helps you lose inches faster
  •  Provides support while breast feeding
  •  Recommended by doctors
  •  Accelerates healing
  •  Supports back, legs and core muscles
  •  Helps expedite fluids through your system
  •  Provides comfort for C-section moms
  •  Latex free

I totally recommend this! They even have belly wraps for pregnant mamas! You gotta check Belly Bandit out 🙂

* I am a brand ambassador for Belly Bandit. As always, all opinions are my own. I also get commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post.

 

Dermalogica’s New PreCleanse Balm

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I always love when Dermalogica sends me their products to try! I have been a fan of their products since I first found out about it years ago… they are definitely quality and worth every dollar (even though they are pricey).

This is their new PreCleanse Balm that comes with a double-sided cleansing mitt to provide mild exfoliation (love)! So before you wash your face with your cleanser, you put some of the PreCleanse Balm onto the cleansing mitt or directly on your hand, massage onto your skin in a circular motion, add water to emulsify, then rinse! Now your face is prepped for your regular facial cleanser.

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You’re probably wondering “what’s the point of a PreCleanse,” right? Lol. Well here are the benefits of this product: removes excess oil, sunscreen, make-up and pollutants (San Diego has a ton), dissolves buildup, and smoothes, calms and nourishes the skin.

My face felt even cleaner than it usually does after adding this to my daily skincare routine! You should definitely try it. It comes in a travel size for $15 😉 I always love opting for the travel size if there’s a product I really want to try and I don’t want to break the bank. Haha.

Happy almost-Friday! xo

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Boost Your Milk Supply

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Where are all my fellow nursing mamas at?! I seriously spend a majority of my day breastfeeding Liam and pumping. Thankfully I have a freezer stash growing so that he can still be EBF (exclusively breastfed) when I start working again at the end of October. Don’t get me wrong… I am not saying “breast is best” because let’s be real, FED is best!

I was able to breastfeed Scarlett until she was about 8-9 months old. I had to supplement with formula when she was around 6 months though because my supply wasn’t enough. With Landon, I was able to breastfeed him for only 3-4 months because my supply completely dropped after I started a new position at work and I forgot to pump on schedule. Currently, it’s going strong with Liam but it is only the first month so we’ll see! I’ll definitely try my best to breastfeed him until he is a year old.

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Here’s what I’m consuming to help boost my breastmilk supply:

  • Water – Staying hydrated is key! I’ve never been thirstier in my life too btw… haha
  • Oatmeal – Thank goodness I’m already obsessed with oatmeal! I love to have it peanut butter, bananas, and ground cinnamon… hearty & delish!
  • Cookies – OK, before you head to the store to buy oreos and chips ahoy… I’m talking about special lactation cookies lol! Google ‘lactation cookies’ and find the recipe that sounds good to you. There are a ton on the web!
  • Nuts – Anyone else love nuts?! My faves are almonds and pistachios. My go-to trail mix from Trader Joe’s has both of these, it’s called “Omega Trek” …you’re welcome!
  • Other foods you can add to your meals: Garlic, Carrots & Ginger

Am I missing anything?! Let me know in the comments!

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Btw, this I am still loving my Multiwear Summer Tank Cardimom Open Weave Sweater! I wore it when I was pregnant because it’s super comfy but now I can use it as a nursing cover too… so convenient! Plus you can wear it 2 ways: as a tunic (above) and a sleeveless cardigan (below). Obsessed. Click here to shop!

Happy Hump Day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

*This post was sponsored by Multiwear. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Ice Rolling Benefits


When I first heard of an “ice roller,” I was like what the heck is an ice roller and what does it do?! I read more about it and soon after, I went on Amazon, clicked “add to cart” and waited patiently for 2 days for it to arrive at my doorstep (thank you Amazon Prime)!

Ever since I got my ice roller, I’ve been obsessed and always look forward to ice rolling my face in the morning! It’s just a water and gel filled roller that you stick in the freezer then attach to the handle when you’re ready to roll it on your face. Now you’re probably wondering why in the world would you want to roll a freezing gadget on your face right? Lol. Well, here are the benefits and reasons why you need to get one ASAP:

  • Reduces puffiness (when I wake up in the morning, my face feels and looks puffy… not cute lol)
  • Calms redness
  • Firms the skin and prevents wrinkles (my skin feels so much tighter after my daily ice rolling sessions)
  • Strengthens collagen fibers
  • Makes you feel refreshed and more awake (the cold definitely wakes me up and I feel more circulation on my face)
  • It’s super relaxing too (TBH, it’s like a quick spa treatment at home)

There are a ton of different kinds of ice rollers that you can get. The one I have is only $11 and comes in different colors… plus it got a bunch of good reviews. If you have Amazon Prime… 2 words: free shipping! 🙂 Click here to shop!

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Nail Products You Need For Your DIY Mani

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First of all, Happy Labor Day (and #manimonday)!

As much as it would be nice to go to a nail salon and get a gel mani done (they last 2 weeks), I prefer to do my own because I get tired of wearing the same nail color after awhile AKA like 5 days. Haha. Plus, I am a perfectionist so I like to make sure my manicures are up to my standard. I have quite the collection of nail polishes too, over 100! I have two of this nail polish organizer from Amazon to keep them organized in my closet.

Any way, I wanted to share the products that I use for my DIY mani’s at home… I’ve been using all of these products for years! Fun fact: if a product really works for me, I am a loyal customer! Lol. I’ve tried many brands and I’ve been doing my own nails since high school (for reference, I just turned 30 haha) so you can trust me! I always get compliments and questions on my manicures and I actually shared what I do step by step here… it was my very first blog post!

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Cuticle Remover: Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

Okay, so I’ve been using the blue kind that you can see in my picture above BUT I tried searching for it online and it’s no where to be found. Strange because I just got a new tube from Target a couple months ago. I did find this new version of it. I wonder if they discontinued the blue one?! If so, I’d definitely switch to this one since it’s most likely really similar.

Nail File: OPI Lacquer Edge

You’re probably wondering, is it really necessary to use an OPI nail file which probably costs triple the amount of a regular one?! And the answer is YES! I’ve tried different brands but this one is just amazing. You’ll have to try it for yourself! The other files give me that ‘nails on a chalkboard’ feeling sometimes (weird, I know) but this file by OPI never does and it lasts awhile. It does a really good job at filing a nail down too!

Base Coat: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat

This is my fave base coat! It fills any nail ridges so that the nail polish can go on smoothly and my manicures have lasted longer after I started using this.

Top Coat: Seche Vite Quick Dry Fast Top Coat

I’ve been using this top coat since college and I haven’t found one that can compete with its extreme shine and how fast it dries! I switched over to a different top coat a couple years ago because it made my mani last longer but I switched back to this because it makes my mani look like a gel mani… so shiny! It dries super fast too, you will love it!

Cuticle Oil: CND Solar Oil and Cuticle Conditioner

This keeps my cuticle area moisturized which makes a mani looking fresh longer. I simply put this on my cuticles before going to sleep, let it soak all night and then wake up to super soft cuticles!

Cuticle Lotion: CND Cuticle Eraser

This is a must have! I keep this in my purse and whenever my cuticles need some extra love during the day, I just put this on. It’s a lotion so it absorbs faster than the oil. This product is so good that it’s currently out of stock at Ulta because they said it’s “crazy popular.” I couldn’t find it anywhere online but I usually get mine in person at a store called Empire Beauty Supply (for all my fellow San Diegans)!

P.S. I created a Pinterest board of my nail swatches and will continue to add to it… Click here! 🙂

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Eco-Friendly Products That I Love

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I just love baby products that are eco-friendly/organic because it’s so reassuring to know that they are extra safe for your baby, which is always a good thing! There are already so many things that parents need to worry about so eco-friendly products can give us a peace of mind.

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Here are some of my absolute favorite eco-friendly products that I currently use:

  1. Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeping Lounger – This has been a lifesaver when Landon  (baby #2) was a newborn. He literally slept like a baby in it *pun intended haha* no but really, he was able to stay sleeping longer which is any mama’s dream. I’ve been using this for Liam (baby #3) and it’s still working wonders.
  2. Bambo Nature Diapers – Yes, I am a brand ambassador for Bambo Nature but I truly did fall in love with their diapers! I would not represent a brand that I truly love. They’re super soft and absorbent. I also love that they even have the strip on them that turns blue when they’re wet. All 3 of my babies are currently wearing these! Scarlett is a size 5, Landon a size 4, and Liam in a size 1 (they’re smallest size).
  3. Bambo Nature Wipes – I love that these wipes are organic which is perfect for sensitive baby skin. They’re fragrance free and won’t cause any skin irritation.
  4. Organic Muslin Swaddle Blankets – Omg these are SO soft and, not to mention, organic! I got these for Liam and when I first felt them, I knew they were perfect for a newborn. I mean… do they make some in adult size?! Lol. I love the prints too!
  5. Organic Cotton Newborn Mittens – I got these for all 3 of my babies because newborns love to put their hands by their faces so I wanted fabric that would be safe for their precious skin. These are perf!
  6. Honest Company Organic Healing Balm – So I’ve been using this product ever since Scarlett was born and have continued to use it for Landon, and now, Liam too. This stuff is amazing… it has organically cured sunburns, rashes and skin irritations overnight.
  7. babyganics All Purpose Surface Wipes – I love surface wipes because it’s so convenient and perfect to clean surfaces quickly. This is perfect when you have little ones in the house because it doesn’t have that strong chemical smell that Clorox wipes have.
  8. Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Hand and Body Cleansing Wipes – First of all, these smell amazing… I’m obsessed with the fresh lavender scent! I love keeping a pack of these in the baby bag because it’s perfect for cleaning the kids’ hands and/or face when we’re out and about. I use them for myself too… win-win.

Have any of you tried any of these products before?! Am I missing anything on my list? Let me know! I’m always down to try new eco-friendly products.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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