Monday, December 29, 2014


I am taking a break right now.  It's the end of the year and I am just enjoying these last few days of 2014 with my family. 

I will return January 1, 2015!!!   Have a fantastic new year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

InstaNatural Eye Gel & Serum

Recently I had the opportunity to try and review InstaNatural's Youth Express Eye Gel and Eye Serum. 

The Eye Serum is divine.  It smells like citrus, not overpowering, but fresh and almost fragrance free.  I like that I'm not smelling a ton of perfume on something I'm putting on the very delicate area underneath my eyes.  It goes on smooth and after it dries I follow it with my favorite moisturizer.  I am finding that it does minimize my dark circles.  I still have to put a concealer under my eyes but it's actually helping. 

Here are the key ingredients:
  • Vitamin C
  • Plant Stem Cells
  • Astaxanthin (antioxidant)
  • Kojic Acid (lightens age and dark spots)
  • Passionflower
  • Caffeine
  • Hyaluronic Acid (treats facial wrinkles and folds)
  • Niacinamide (botox in a bottle)
I have only been using this product for a week so I don't feel I can give it a completely fair review just yet.  I like to use something for a full month because I find I see more results.  I will update in a month with more.  So far, I like it enough to keep using it, and that's great.  I can't tell you how many times I have bought a product and used it for less than a week because it had such adverse effects on my skin.  This serum feels nice... and it smells so good!

The Eye Gel is also pleasant.  It has a light cucumber smell.  Once again, not overpowering me with too much fragrance.   It feels light on my skin and I can also wear it under my makeup and under my moisturizer at night.  I apply it to my forehead, nasal folds, nose, cheeks and eyelids, as well as my laugh lines.  In one week I have seen a reduction in the size of my pores and I'm excited to see what happens after one month.

Here are the key ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Plant Stem Cells
  • Peptide Complex
  • Matrixyl 3000 (alternative to Retin A)
  • Amino Acid Complex
 After using both of these products together I have seen some results.  I will update again in January as to how I felt after using it for a solid month.  Just a couple of other points about this product:

  • Made in the USA
  • No Animal Testing
  • Manufactured in FDA Certified Facility
  • Utilizes Organic Products when possible
If you would like to find out more information or purchase this product please visit them

This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker and Instanatural, however all views and opinions are honest and are my own.

Monday, December 15, 2014

My New Normal

I often find myself bewildered at my new normal.  I'm happy.  I'm married.  I'm a mom.

I wasn't always this way.  In fact, I was down so far I didn't know if I would ever come back up.  When I allow my husband tiny glimpses of my past, he can't help but say, "I'm glad I didn't know you then."

And I'm glad too.  Because then was a scary time.  Then was a time I sometimes look back on and shudder.  And other times I look back on and reminisce because I made it through.  I made it through a debilitating depression that I still catch remnants of but has remained hidden from view from him and from my daughter.

My new normal is a walk in the evenings with my family.  My new normal consists of diaper changes, a baby leaning forward to give me a kiss or a baby making eye contact then screaming at the top of her lungs for something that only she knows.  My new normal is a warm bed to share with my husband.  My new normal is coffee in the morning while I prepare a bottle for Cora.  My new normal is washing my face while she stands up, using my legs for support, hanging onto my pajama pants so she can remain upright.

I no longer stare out the window and wonder where he is or when it will all begin.  Life began.  I can't say I was really living before I met Brian.  Before I met Cora.  Now I stare out the window and wonder if my tiny person needs a jacket or shorts, it's Southern California, this is a legit curiosity.

My new normal has been a beautiful change.  I didn't see it coming.  I hoped.  I know my friends and family prayed.  I would often feel their prayers during those dark days of struggle.  Now I pray for those in need.  I feel the deepest empathy for anyone who may be hurting or stuck in the dark hallway of the in between shitty part of life.

My new normal is knowing that in between shitty part of life is just a dark hallway and all I had to do was open a different door and find light.  And that light turned into my new normal.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Facial

I don't know about you but I have always been a DIY beauty girl.  I mean, I don't make my own makeup...yet.

(Cue to memory special effects)

It all started back in 9th grade when I was obsessed with baby soft hair.  I have always had thick yet super fine hair and back then Teen magazine made it seem that boys liked girls with soft shiny hair, so I went for a DIY treatment I found there.  I am envious that girls these days have reviews to read.  I cracked open two eggs, whisked them up and coated my hair with them.  Then, I fell asleep.  It was the beginning of the school year and in Oklahoma, that means it's still 100 degrees outside.

I woke up, took a hot shower, I love hot showers, and quickly washed the egg out of my hair.  I got to school and the a/c was out so we were all hot, bored and miserable.  And man, did I stink.  That egg had probably cooked in the shower that morning and I still remember the guy behind me complaining that something smelled so bad but he couldn't figure out what.  I have never really given a shit about other's opinions, so I fessed up.  I told him I had egg on my hair and it was supposed to be sleek and soft to make boys like me.  I don't think it helped me with the boys but he and I got a good laugh out of it and he never saw me as the kind of girl you date but the kind of girl you fart in front of and then you both laugh.  And that's how high school went for me in terms of boys.

Well, now I'm an adult and I'm married.  I can DIY play all I want because he's legally obligated to find my experiments endearing.  So, tonight I tried a Tea Tree Oil and Indian Healing Clay mask.  Here's the recipe:

2 big spoonfuls of Clay
1 big spoonful of Tea Tree Oil
Enough water to make a paste.

 These are the products I used.  I will throw up links to Amazon at the bottom but the clay is available at Sprouts.

 Tee Tree and Clay

 Add water and stir into a paste. 

 Then hang out for 10-20 minutes and relax or take pseudo-sexy selfies.

I went for 10 minutes since my skin is sensitive to new things.  I liked it but will only use this combo in the summer.  It really dried out my skin so may not be ideal for dry climate dwellers.  I followed up with applying a thick layer of coconut oil.  I liked the tingly feeling the mask gave me and I love the smell of tea tree oil.  My skin turned bright red after, that's what the clay does.  

So, that was my experiment.  If you have oily skin, I say go for it.  I will try this again with a different oil in the future and see what happens!

Here are the links for the products:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Suburban Problems

Today I faced the dilemma of, do I drive to a store in the same shopping center... or do I walk there?  It was 75 in southern California.  What do you think I did?  You can find out in the video below. 

Also, there is plenty of Cora cuteness.  Her personality is just getting so darn adorable!  I'm proud of every milestone.  With each day that passes in my new life as a mom, I find myself more and more confused about man's discontent.  If everyone would just hold a baby and see where life begins, maybe we would be kinder to one another.

I'm still learning the art of editing but I am enjoying the process!  Feel free to click subscribe as I will be posting 3 videos per week now!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tween Jeans

There is a rumor going around that the average American gains anywhere from 5-10 pounds during the holidays.  New York Times argues that studies show that it's actually only one pound, but that this pound is rarely lost.  The article I read said that this one pound is what contributes to midlife weight gain. 

Well, I still have 15 pounds of pregnancy weight gain and it's comfortably resting right in my belly, thighs, upper arms and unfortunately, my gigantic chest parts. 

I still don't fit into my pre-preggo clothes and I'm a little too small for my post baby wardrobe.  I have been wearing jeans that have a sad saggy bottom now and my butt no longer fills them out and the pockets hang down like flags waving in surrender.  It's time for me to get some in be'tween jeans. 

I like being fit.  I miss being fit.  It's weird after all these years to have a belly.  Until now, I never had one and couldn't understand the fuss over belly fat.  I listened to my doctor when she said, don't worry about losing the weight right away, take care of your baby and focus on only that.  She told me my metabolism would come back in a year.

Well, we are almost at the 11 month mark.  Ok, barely past 10 months, but I'm ready.  So for this upcoming week I will run once and drink a smoothie a day for the next week.  I have found that if I allow myself to gradually get my fitness and diet back to where it needs to be it's an easier change for me.  So, next week I will set those two simple goals and hope for the best.

 spinach, apple, pineapple, pear and banana

Yummy green stuff.

Why buy into the holiday weight gain?  None of us have to let it happen.  I have decided that I will not let anymore weight sneak onto this body.  Instead of setting a new year's resolution, I'm going for it now.  In 2015 I will drop the remaining 15 pounds and finally fit into my skinny jeans and in lieu of burning the fat pants,  I will donate them.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

These days it's all about the selfie...

Okay, before you read this, please understand that I have been up all day with my little one and this is a review for a really awesome app and my photos may not do it justice, so I'm gonna use a little stock footage in addition to my terriface (terrifying face).

The app is called GLAM ST.  You can find it here,  The app was founded by two female telematics engineers from Uruguay, South America.  Telematics is a hybrid of computers and wireless telecommunications technologies.  As with most engineering programs, this is a male dominated industry.  Don't get mad.  I'm not being sexist, I watched my husband get a petroleum engineering degree and I believe one girl walked in their group of 20 men.  Well, the cool thing about these ladies is they used their education to come up with a program women can use... and it's freaking fantastic!

Here's what it looks like when a pretty girl does it.

 The app offers suggestions of styles, like this.

And you can view celebrity looks also.

Now that you've seen glossy photo shop lovely people, you can now see what it's like when a tired mom uses it after everyone goes to bed.  The results may be terrifying...but it was really fun to play around with.  After you load your selfie, you are taken to a screen to adjust where your eyes, face and lips are.  I had a little trouble with this, but then I figured out I needed to open up the photo a bit more.  Here is what it looks like to play around with.

Okay, here's where it gets good.  Once you have figured out how to line up your face, (I need more work on that), you get a look, with a list of all products to achieve that look, in three separate price points depending on your budget!  How freaking cool is that!?

As Jessica Chastain I look more like Lorde.

 High school goth in my thirties.  Yup.  Not my best look!  Looks great on J. Chastain.

 I love the lip color here , and with a quick click, I was taken to the Sephora page and I'm a click away from purchase. 

So, this is a great app when you want to try out a new look or play around with the colors of the season.  I will be keeping this on my phone.  Want to try it out?  Check it out below!  It's free!

This is a sponsored post powered by GLAMST and Brandbacker.

Monday, December 1, 2014

And now we can talk about Christmas!

I have this desire to take one holiday at a time.  Now that we are clear of Thanksgiving, I can focus on Christmas!  Today Brian and I took Cora to The Grove Los Angeles for her first photo with Santa.  I think I was more excited to introduce her to Santa than I ever remember being excited to meet Santa. 

Here are some photos from our visit.

Cora was mesmerized by the fountains.

Cora and Brian watching Santa and the reindeer take flight.

The quick moment she looked in my direction.

 Santa's House!

 I love The Grove at night.

More decor.

And now for the good stuff!...

 The introduction.


 Cora is mesmerized by the giant ornaments.

Nice to meet you.

After our visit with Santa we decided to brave the 101 only to realize that not everyone had the day off like Brian took or is a bartender/mommy, like me.  Traffic was terrible.  So we pulled off and went to a diner in North Hollywood and had the best time we have ever had out as a family at Sitton's North Hollywood Diner.

Babies are fun.

 She may have eaten more than I did tonight.


 And a panda on stained glass.

What an amazing night.  The Santa House also produces a great video package.  You can view our first visit with Santa.  I think we may have visited the real Santa.  Watch the video and tell me if you agree.