Friday Five - Top 5 Summer Favorites- 05.31.19

This week’s Friday Five features 5 products that are my current favorites as we head into Summer!

Michael Todd Soniclear Petite   My skin has gone a little crazy since having a baby (thank you, hormones). And now the oil on my face is going crazy thanks to the crazy summer humidity (thank you, Florida.) I started using this  Soniclear by Michael Todd Beauty  and it‘s been a TOTAL game changer. Since using it, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the smoothness of my skin. My melasma (dark spots) from my pregnancy have basically disappeared. And I get far fewer breakouts and texture because it keeps my pores clear from dirt and build up. I use it 3-4 days a week in my nighttime skincare routine, followed by a toner and moisturizer.

Michael Todd Soniclear Petite

My skin has gone a little crazy since having a baby (thank you, hormones). And now the oil on my face is going crazy thanks to the crazy summer humidity (thank you, Florida.) I started using this Soniclear by Michael Todd Beauty and it‘s been a TOTAL game changer. Since using it, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the smoothness of my skin. My melasma (dark spots) from my pregnancy have basically disappeared. And I get far fewer breakouts and texture because it keeps my pores clear from dirt and build up. I use it 3-4 days a week in my nighttime skincare routine, followed by a toner and moisturizer.

La Croix Sparkling Water   My husband and I have been seriously addicted to these for about 4 months now. If you’re anything like us, and don’t love just drinking plain water all day, but also don’t want to drink your calories with sodas or juices, then give La Croix a try. They have zero calories, sugar, carbs, etc. so they’re great replacement for soda or sugary drinks. My favorite summer-time cocktail has been I pouring it over ice with some fresh fruit & vodka! A great healthy alternative to sugary cocktails! Our favorite flavors are Grapefruit and Lime. (They’re at every grocery store. Bubly is also a great brand that we get sometimes too!)

La Croix Sparkling Water

My husband and I have been seriously addicted to these for about 4 months now. If you’re anything like us, and don’t love just drinking plain water all day, but also don’t want to drink your calories with sodas or juices, then give La Croix a try. They have zero calories, sugar, carbs, etc. so they’re great replacement for soda or sugary drinks. My favorite summer-time cocktail has been I pouring it over ice with some fresh fruit & vodka! A great healthy alternative to sugary cocktails! Our favorite flavors are Grapefruit and Lime. (They’re at every grocery store. Bubly is also a great brand that we get sometimes too!)

Facial Setting Mist w/ SPF   I’ll be totally honest, I didn’t really understand the point of a setting mist. Yeah it feels nice, but is it really worth the money? But one with an SPF that feels nice AND protects your skin? Now I’m on board. My cousin introduced me to this one by  Supergoop x Rebecca Taylor , it’s SPF 50! I’m usually horrible at reapplying SPF to my face throughout the day, so now I keep this in my handbag and problem solved!

Facial Setting Mist w/ SPF

I’ll be totally honest, I didn’t really understand the point of a setting mist. Yeah it feels nice, but is it really worth the money? But one with an SPF that feels nice AND protects your skin? Now I’m on board. My cousin introduced me to this one by Supergoop x Rebecca Taylor, it’s SPF 50! I’m usually horrible at reapplying SPF to my face throughout the day, so now I keep this in my handbag and problem solved!

Slip-on Sandals   I had never bought a fashion piece from Walmart before, until I saw  these sandals  recommended by a fashion blogger a few months ago. Only $10?! SCORE! And I’m SO glad I bought them! They have been my total go-tos the last few months for spring and summer! I wear them literally every day. They go with every single outfit.. jeans, shorts, cute dresses, yoga pants, and I also wear them to the beach. I can’t recommend them enough!

Slip-on Sandals

I had never bought a fashion piece from Walmart before, until I saw these sandals recommended by a fashion blogger a few months ago. Only $10?! SCORE! And I’m SO glad I bought them! They have been my total go-tos the last few months for spring and summer! I wear them literally every day. They go with every single outfit.. jeans, shorts, cute dresses, yoga pants, and I also wear them to the beach. I can’t recommend them enough!

America’s Got Talent Video   Okay so this isn’t summer related but I had to include this because it brings me so much joy. I’m sure by now you’ve seen this  viral video of Kodi Lee’s AGT audition . He’s autistic and blind, and he has more talent and bravery in his pinky finger than anyone I’ve ever seen. His audition is such an inspiration, and it’s easily my favorite video of the entire year. So yeah, not summer related, but I just had to include it on my favorites list. I’ve watched it so many times - it brings such a big smile to my face & so many tears to my eyes!

America’s Got Talent Video

Okay so this isn’t summer related but I had to include this because it brings me so much joy. I’m sure by now you’ve seen this viral video of Kodi Lee’s AGT audition. He’s autistic and blind, and he has more talent and bravery in his pinky finger than anyone I’ve ever seen. His audition is such an inspiration, and it’s easily my favorite video of the entire year. So yeah, not summer related, but I just had to include it on my favorites list. I’ve watched it so many times - it brings such a big smile to my face & so many tears to my eyes!

 
 
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To comply with FTC Guidelines: the product by Michael Todd Beauty was kingly gifted to me by the brand. But as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

Friday Five - Top 5 Must-Have Beauty Products for Spring!

This week’s Friday Five features 5 beauty products that are my current go-to’s as we head into Spring!

Red light therapy is known as a miracle worker for healing your skin & boosting your collagen. It’s typically an expensive facial treatment you get done regularly by a professional, but now UVBioTek make  this handheld device  you can use from home. I’ve seen a really nice improvement in my skin in only a couple weeks of use. I wish I’d invested in my skincare when I was younger, but it’s never too late.

Red light therapy is known as a miracle worker for healing your skin & boosting your collagen. It’s typically an expensive facial treatment you get done regularly by a professional, but now UVBioTek make this handheld device you can use from home. I’ve seen a really nice improvement in my skin in only a couple weeks of use. I wish I’d invested in my skincare when I was younger, but it’s never too late.

A good facial scrub is a staple for me when winter winds down & we head into Spring. It scrubs off all that dryer skin & helps to bring back your natural moisture. I keep it in the shower and use it 3-4 times a week.

A good facial scrub is a staple for me when winter winds down & we head into Spring. It scrubs off all that dryer skin & helps to bring back your natural moisture. I keep it in the shower and use it 3-4 times a week.

I’ve mentioned this CC cream a million times, it’s such a holy grail product for me! I wear it a lot more often in the Spring/Summer months instead of foundation. I mix it with my moisturizer to get a nice, sheer finish that just evens everything out so perfectly.

I’ve mentioned this CC cream a million times, it’s such a holy grail product for me! I wear it a lot more often in the Spring/Summer months instead of foundation. I mix it with my moisturizer to get a nice, sheer finish that just evens everything out so perfectly.

I love bringing back that bronzed glow in the Spring! This bronzer-blush combo is my current fave! This  bronzer by Physicians Formula  is so smooth & subtle, plus it smells like an actual tropical paradise. And I’m typically not a huge blush-wearer, but  this one by Found  in the shade Peach Glow has a lovely sun-kissed glow to it that looks very subtle & natural. And they are both under $10 — WIN!

I love bringing back that bronzed glow in the Spring! This bronzer-blush combo is my current fave! This bronzer by Physicians Formula is so smooth & subtle, plus it smells like an actual tropical paradise. And I’m typically not a huge blush-wearer, but this one by Found in the shade Peach Glow has a lovely sun-kissed glow to it that looks very subtle & natural. And they are both under $10 — WIN!

This stuff is magic in a bottle. It’s simply a regular daily lotion that slowly adds natural color to your skin. I don’t like self tanners because they’re just so messy & high maintenance. This stuff is amazing, it’s just like your regular daily lotion & it doesn’t stain your sheets or rub off on your clothes. It’s perfect to help get your tan back for the Spring!

This stuff is magic in a bottle. It’s simply a regular daily lotion that slowly adds natural color to your skin. I don’t like self tanners because they’re just so messy & high maintenance. This stuff is amazing, it’s just like your regular daily lotion & it doesn’t stain your sheets or rub off on your clothes. It’s perfect to help get your tan back for the Spring!

 
 
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To comply with FTC Guidelines, the products by Found & UV BioTek were gifted to by the brands. But as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

Friday Five - Top 5 Sustainable & Ethical Brands - February 2019

Sustainable & eco-friendly living are growing more important to me every week. One way I’m working to minimize my environmental impact is by supporting more businesses that share these values.

This week’s Friday Five features 5 incredible brands that are committed to a high standard of sustainability!

I recently discovered  Grove Collaborative , they are an online shop for household cleaning essentials & they are amazing! They only offer non-toxic & cruelty free brands like Meyers, Seventh Generation, Method, etc. You can set up a subscription to get items delivered to your door depending on how often you need them! You get SO much for your money, & they always have deals and you get a ton of free add-ons. This mama right here is seriously obsessed!

I recently discovered Grove Collaborative, they are an online shop for household cleaning essentials & they are amazing! They only offer non-toxic & cruelty free brands like Meyers, Seventh Generation, Method, etc. You can set up a subscription to get items delivered to your door depending on how often you need them! You get SO much for your money, & they always have deals and you get a ton of free add-ons. This mama right here is seriously obsessed!

Yala Jewellery is an African jewellery designer that creates gorgeous, ethical pieces in Africa. Their goal is to change the misconceptions about Africa & its people. They pay their workers fairly, & only use eco-friendly materials with minimal environmental impact. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Yala Jewellery is an African jewellery designer that creates gorgeous, ethical pieces in Africa. Their goal is to change the misconceptions about Africa & its people. They pay their workers fairly, & only use eco-friendly materials with minimal environmental impact. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Another amazing brand committed to a high standard of sustainability & bare minimum waste! 337 Brand is a line of women’s basics, & they only use sustainable materials & recycled fibers. I also love that they only ship in 100% recyclable materials!

Another amazing brand committed to a high standard of sustainability & bare minimum waste! 337 Brand is a line of women’s basics, & they only use sustainable materials & recycled fibers. I also love that they only ship in 100% recyclable materials!

Dropps has changed the laundry game for me! It’s simple, but so smart. Their packaging is recyclable, their ingredients are safe & plant based, and they don’t test on animals. Plus their packaging is super creative & child proof!

Dropps has changed the laundry game for me! It’s simple, but so smart. Their packaging is recyclable, their ingredients are safe & plant based, and they don’t test on animals. Plus their packaging is super creative & child proof!

I’ve been trying dozens of natural deodorants for, like, over 5 years. None of them have ever worked for me until now! These spray deodorants by Aspel are perfect, and the brand has a high standard of quality and is free of harmful chemicals. Plus they smell AMAZING.

I’ve been trying dozens of natural deodorants for, like, over 5 years. None of them have ever worked for me until now! These spray deodorants by Aspel are perfect, and the brand has a high standard of quality and is free of harmful chemicals. Plus they smell AMAZING.

 
 
 

Friday Five 02.22.19

I decided not to post a Friday Five last week because I didn’t have 5 genuine favorites. My goal is to keep these lists very REAL & to only pick faves that I genuinely love! So this week I’m back with 5 fresh new faves! Enjoy! <3

We need more happy stories like  this one  in the news. Join me in making an extra effort today to do something kind for someone else, even if you think no one is watching, just like this man in the video.

We need more happy stories like this one in the news. Join me in making an extra effort today to do something kind for someone else, even if you think no one is watching, just like this man in the video.

Why am I 30 years old &amp; just now starting to use an electric toothbrush? Where has this been my whole life!

Why am I 30 years old & just now starting to use an electric toothbrush? Where has this been my whole life!

It’s both Ryan &amp; my new favorite bag. It’s a multi-purpose backpack with so many compartments, it’s SO functional &amp; we are both obsessed.

It’s both Ryan & my new favorite bag. It’s a multi-purpose backpack with so many compartments, it’s SO functional & we are both obsessed.

Cheese board goals! You know you’re a grown up when you spend hours scrolling sites  like this  trying to up your kitchen game.

Cheese board goals! You know you’re a grown up when you spend hours scrolling sites like this trying to up your kitchen game.

I’ve been really enjoying this relaxation/meditation playlist on Spotify. I’ll dim the lights &amp; play it as I’m winding down for the night, or even when I’m already in bed.

I’ve been really enjoying this relaxation/meditation playlist on Spotify. I’ll dim the lights & play it as I’m winding down for the night, or even when I’m already in bed.

Friday Five 02.08.19

Here are my five picks I chose to share this week. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

My beautiful friend  Andrea  sent me this  moon garland  &amp; I instantly wanted it for Evelyn’s nursery! I think I’m going to DIY it myself! Stay tuned :-)

My beautiful friend Andrea sent me this moon garland & I instantly wanted it for Evelyn’s nursery! I think I’m going to DIY it myself! Stay tuned :-)

I’ve been drinking a small amount (about 8oz.) of Kombucha everyday for about 6 weeks now &amp; love it! Aside from the amazing health benefits, I also find that the taste (of certain flavors) curbs my afternoon sweet tooth! My favorite flavors are Pink Lady Apple &amp; Pomegranate.

I’ve been drinking a small amount (about 8oz.) of Kombucha everyday for about 6 weeks now & love it! Aside from the amazing health benefits, I also find that the taste (of certain flavors) curbs my afternoon sweet tooth! My favorite flavors are Pink Lady Apple & Pomegranate.

So there’s definitely a redundancy here.. I seem to pick a podcast every single Friday on these lists! Here’s  another one  I really enjoyed, my husband recommended earlier in the week. It discusses various areas of general nutrition &amp; how it differs for everyone depending on their genetics &amp; personal fitness goals.

So there’s definitely a redundancy here.. I seem to pick a podcast every single Friday on these lists! Here’s another one I really enjoyed, my husband recommended earlier in the week. It discusses various areas of general nutrition & how it differs for everyone depending on their genetics & personal fitness goals.

SO obsessed with the leopard print trend again!

SO obsessed with the leopard print trend again!

I’m currently planning a family trip to Glacier Nationals Park this summer, &amp; I’m absolutely blown away by the photos I’m seeing of this place. Wow wow wow.

I’m currently planning a family trip to Glacier Nationals Park this summer, & I’m absolutely blown away by the photos I’m seeing of this place. Wow wow wow.

*To comply with FTC guidelines, the Komucha was gifted to me by the brand. All opinions are always my own!

Friday Five 02.01.19

Here are my five picks I chose to share this week. Wishing you a wonderful (and hopefully somewhat warm) weekend!

Little things like an organized space to do laundry make #momlife so much more pleasant. We are currently remodeling ours, and  my Pinterest board  is full of inspo like this photo. Simple, practical, and pretty!

Little things like an organized space to do laundry make #momlife so much more pleasant. We are currently remodeling ours, and my Pinterest board is full of inspo like this photo. Simple, practical, and pretty!

I’m obsessed with  these delicate earrings . I love how it makes a pretty statement while also remaining subtle. Which is totally my vibe recently.

I’m obsessed with these delicate earrings. I love how it makes a pretty statement while also remaining subtle. Which is totally my vibe recently.

With all the crazy winter temps in the US this week, it made me especially grateful that I live in Florida &amp; our “cold front” was only, like, 50°. (Not gonna lie though, I was still cold &amp; cozied by my fire most of the week except for when I popped outside to snap this photo #wimp)

With all the crazy winter temps in the US this week, it made me especially grateful that I live in Florida & our “cold front” was only, like, 50°. (Not gonna lie though, I was still cold & cozied by my fire most of the week except for when I popped outside to snap this photo #wimp)

These fish taco bowls  are my new favorite recipe EVER. The seasoned tilapia, homemade chilpotle, fresh guacamole and mango salsa. Everything is just amazing. I promise you won’t regret trying it! I had it in my fridge and ate it for lunch for 4 days straight.  TIP: To save time, instead of making the cauliflower rice from scratch, buy it pre-cut in a bag &amp; softened it with some olive oil on the stove or even throw it in the microwave.

These fish taco bowls are my new favorite recipe EVER. The seasoned tilapia, homemade chilpotle, fresh guacamole and mango salsa. Everything is just amazing. I promise you won’t regret trying it! I had it in my fridge and ate it for lunch for 4 days straight.

TIP: To save time, instead of making the cauliflower rice from scratch, buy it pre-cut in a bag & softened it with some olive oil on the stove or even throw it in the microwave.

I just finished a month of Whole 30 eating, and I honestly feel incredible. I had no idea how my body was affected by the bad foods I was putting into it until I cut them out entirely. I really enjoyed  this podcast  on conscious eating and how it’s importance is massively overshadowed by the “cheap” and “easy” normality of society’s current eating habits. I can’t recommend it enough!

I just finished a month of Whole 30 eating, and I honestly feel incredible. I had no idea how my body was affected by the bad foods I was putting into it until I cut them out entirely. I really enjoyed this podcast on conscious eating and how it’s importance is massively overshadowed by the “cheap” and “easy” normality of society’s current eating habits. I can’t recommend it enough!

Friday Five 01.25.19

Welcome to week 2 of my new Friday Five series! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks <3

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This fiddle leaf fig tree is amazing &amp; I am on the hunt to find one for my living room!

This fiddle leaf fig tree is amazing & I am on the hunt to find one for my living room!

Baby shower planning is the best! Mamma-to-be &amp; I are so obsessed with these neutral tones for her sweet baby boy.

Baby shower planning is the best! Mamma-to-be & I are so obsessed with these neutral tones for her sweet baby boy.

Okay so I haven’t had my nails painted since, like, October (#momlife) but I am loving these matte nude nails. And that tribal accent nail is EVERYTHING.

Okay so I haven’t had my nails painted since, like, October (#momlife) but I am loving these matte nude nails. And that tribal accent nail is EVERYTHING.

My current favorite coffee in the morning is this homemade cappuccino! Simply add frothed milk to your coffee of choice… &amp; VOILA! I use unsweetened almond milk &amp; add a dash of cinnamon - yummm!

My current favorite coffee in the morning is this homemade cappuccino! Simply add frothed milk to your coffee of choice… & VOILA! I use unsweetened almond milk & add a dash of cinnamon - yummm!

Gahh click to watch this video &amp; have your day made. We seriously don’t deserve dogs.

Gahh click to watch this video & have your day made. We seriously don’t deserve dogs.

Friday Five 01.18.19

I’m excited to start a new series here on my blog called Friday Five!

On Fridays, I’ll share five random things that I enjoyed, or that inspired me, that week. It could be a recipe, movie, beauty product, decor inpso, fashion piece, DIY project, current event… absolutely anything goes!  

I hope you enjoy this new series! And please share with me what inspired YOU this week! If I love it too, I’ll share it on next week’s list!

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Entryway GOALS. I love how gorgeous &amp; practical this design is. It’s the perfect area to see when you first step into someones home. Now if we could finally finish ours…

Entryway GOALS. I love how gorgeous & practical this design is. It’s the perfect area to see when you first step into someones home. Now if we could finally finish ours…

I saw this quote while scrolling Instagram &amp; it’s really stuck with me. I want to make a genuine effort to live by it more ♡

I saw this quote while scrolling Instagram & it’s really stuck with me. I want to make a genuine effort to live by it more ♡

I’m absolutely obsessed with the Sherpa trend this winter, &amp;  these pants  are giving me serious cozy vibes! I’ve got my eye on them!

I’m absolutely obsessed with the Sherpa trend this winter, & these pants are giving me serious cozy vibes! I’ve got my eye on them!

I really enjoyed watching  this series  on Netflix. I love Marie Kondo’s philosophy on how to better appreciate your home &amp; value what’s in it. It’s completely changed my perspective.

I really enjoyed watching this series on Netflix. I love Marie Kondo’s philosophy on how to better appreciate your home & value what’s in it. It’s completely changed my perspective.

I recently discovered  these smoothie bowls  &amp; they are SO YUMMY. Plus, they’re incredibly good for you. They’ve become my new favorite breakfast.

I recently discovered these smoothie bowls & they are SO YUMMY. Plus, they’re incredibly good for you. They’ve become my new favorite breakfast.