5 Essentials For A Healthier Beauty Routine

healthier beauty routine

When my husband and I decided to enlarge our family and have a third child, we started by changing a few things in our lives months ahead of time. We started going for walks everyday to get (me!) into physical shape, we started eating healthier and we tried to streamline our routine with our two children to make life easier down the road.

Another thing that got a huge makeover was my beauty and skin care routine! I eliminated everything from my bathroom and makeup arsenal with icky or potentially harmful ingredients. (Yeah I’m talking about you Suave!) My large collection of drugstore and salon shampoos and conditioners went into the closet and were replaced with all natural products like 100% Pure Yuzu and Pomelo Glossing Shampoo and conditioner (More details here) and Lavanila Healthy Deodorant.

But honestly, giving up my beloved CoverGirl LashBlast mascara was definitely the HARDEST thing to do. I was pretty hooked on it… Okay, I was full on addicted to my LashBlast and wouldn’t leave the house without it! So needless to say, finding an “all natural” mascara that met my standards was pretty difficult. I’ve spent over a hundred dollars on all natural or organic beauty products before settling on some favorites, but here they are…

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Fashionable & Practical Baby Shower Gifts

I have so many friends who are pregnant right now, so I thought I would put together a list of my absolute favorite items that I would have loved to have received at my own baby shower. Some are fashionable, some are practical, but all of them will be well received!



A Little Bundle is a monthly subscription service to provide curated bundles of products for both mother and her baby to enjoy. You can choose from a wide range of products from around the world that meet only the highest quality and design standards. They also work directly with designers and vendors to create exclusive products just for their subscribers! Bundles are now available for children up to 2 years old! Every bundle consists of four or more carefully hand-selected products for both the mother and child!

A 3 month subscription would be a great baby shower gift to an expecting mother! A Little Bundle scours the market and discovers products that make the motherhood journey beautiful and exciting! Every bundle is curated to a specific theme that offers creative ways for the mom and baby to bond. A Little Bundle celebrates the bond between moms and their babies and they believe all mothers and their children deserve the best of the best!

Sign up today and receive a little bundle full of surprises every month! Pick your bundle here or give a bundle or two as a gift here.

organic pharmacy


The Organic Pharmacy’s mother & baby natural, toxin-free products designed especially with sensitive babyskin in mind. The Organic Pharmacy organic baby products are gentle on baby’s skin, while the range of pre- and post-natal care is ideal for mom’s health and beauty needs.

Availability: Barney’s, Barney’s Online and www.theorganicpharmacy.com

gdiapers for newborns

Help a mom-to-be out by gifting her the gDiapers Newborn Bundle with everything in she could possibly need to start cloth diapering like a pro! It’s cheaper, cleaner and healthier for baby and the environment to use cloth diapers.

I’ve tried quite a few brands of cloth diapers at this point and honestly, I think gDiapers are the best cloth diapers. Check out my gDiapers how-to and instructions (with pictures)!

Price: Newborn Bundle is $124.99 from Amazon.com (Retails for $149.99)

Get It: You can purchase gDiapers at gdiapers.com, Amazon.com, Target.com and in stores like Babies ‘R’ Us, Whole Foods Market, and more.


A favorite of Kim Kardashian’s (as shown on the latest episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians), Mama Mio’s Lucky Legs has established itself as a pregnancy must-have.

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Mama Mio’s Lucky Legs is the ultimate rescue remedy when your legs and feet are in need of some intensely minty refreshment. This mini-spa treatment glides on to instantly cool and ease weary, swollen limbs from knees to toes. Leaving a subtle sparkly-shimmer on your shins. I love rubbing this into my legs right before bed after a long day. Great for pregnancy and beyond!

Price: $19.50

Get It: Amazon.com or MamaMio.com

mama mio pregnancy essentials kit

I’m a huge fan of ALL Mama Mio products but this is the kit I recommend to ALL my pregnant friends and family. The Mama Mio Pregnancy Essentials Kit that includes Boob Tube, Tummy Rub Butter, and Lucky Legs (shown above). They are indeed the three essentials from Mama Mio that will get your through the 9 month stretch. I went through at least 2-3 tubes of Boob Tube and Tummy Rub Butter when I was pregnant with my son. What a life saver! I sincerely appreciate the scent of these while I was pregnant. We all know how sensitive our noses can be when we’re pregnant! Thank goodness Mama Mio knows that and made their products accordingly.

Price: $28.00

Get It: MamaMio.com and Amazon.com

Another one I like is the Mama Mio The Congratulations Kit!

cake pops

If you want to bring a delightful desert to the baby shower, consider making some of the increasingly popular Cake Pops! The Art of Cake Pops: 75 Dangerously Delicious Designs has some of the best, most unique Cake Pop recipes I’ve seen. Colorful images, detailed instructions and mouth watering ingredients that will make your desert the star of the show.

Price: $17.95

Get It: $13.31 on Amazon.com

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If I had to pick only one item to give a new or expecting mom, I would absolutely pick the ERGObaby Baby Carrier. It was an absolute lifesaver for me with my son. It’s the easiest carrier to put on and off, easiest one to adjust, perfect for beginners and experts alike and a must-have for all moms. You’d think a baby would sleep better in a crib, undisturbed, but actually a brand new little baby is used to being WITH MOMMY! Been growing in there and living with mommy, doing what mommy does for 9 months. I say, in the womb for 9 months and on the back for 9 months! :-)

I especially love their Petunia Pickle Bottom collection.

Price: Retails for $115 and up

Get It: ErgoBaby.com, Amazon.com, BabyEarth.com

Back To School or Back To Bootcamp?

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Back to school doesn’t just mean a new routine for your children. If you are a stay at home mom, then back to school means for more time to concentrate on YOU! FINALLY!

Even if it’s a brief break between the school bus pick-up and your drive to work or you get to squeeze in time before bed, all you need is 4 minutes with Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits!

If you are like most moms, you feel guilty taking time to concentrate on yourself. Well… DON’T. If you don’t feel good, how can you take care of everyone else? “Me Time” is so important for moms and seriously, you can’t feel guilty about taking 4 minutes on yourself.

Mama Mio’s Bootcamp systems are designed to tone the body and your skin with minimal commitment (just 4 minutes a day) and in 30 days, you will feel (and look) like a new mom!

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Bootcamp for Butts:

    Exfoliate, tighten and tone with Mama Mio’s OMega Body Buff, Skin Tight and Shrink-to-fit to insure a great outcome.

Bootcamp for Arms:

    OMega Body Buff exfoliates, Skin Tight lifts sagging skin and tricep and shoulder exercises give you the right to bare arms.

Bootcamp for Boobs:

    By applying Mama Mio’s Boob Tube and Skin Tight daily, along with a short bust-perking program, you’re sure to get results!


Doubting what a kit can do for you in 30 days? Check out my results here with before and after pictures! The Bootcamp for Butts Kit is amazing!

Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits retail for $75 to $99 and can be purchased at www.MamaMio.com

10 Beauty Must-Haves for Earth Day

We scoured through hundreds of new (and old) natural products that were Earth Day friendly but only 10 of them were worthy of mentioning in our Earth Day roundup of must-have products for women!

Here are the exceptional products that made the cut…

5 Ways To Get Ready for Spring

Spring is officially here, even though I still see about 2 feet of snow in my yard, I’m holding out hope that I will see Robin’s soon! I’m itching to break out the pastels and floral prints. Meanwhile, here are 5 ways to get ready for Spring!

Got spring fever? Dial knows just how you feel and they want you to feel like you can escape without even having to leave your own home! Dial’s new Coconut Water Body Wash and Skin Therapy Body Wash with Himalayan Salt. Dial brings the super popular and ultra-hydrating powers of coconut water right into your own bathroom! You’ll be ready to face your busy day with a essence of the tropics. These new Body Washes pair perfectly with their new 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion that I’m already totally in love with!

Clean your mouth out with Listerine Mouthwash, Listerine Whitening Toothpaste and an Oral-B Power Toothbrush. You’ll blast the winter layers right off your teeth and your mouth will feel as fresh as spring smells. Delightful!

Don’t forget your pores! Unclog those holes with Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser for a clean start that you’ll be able to see AND feel.

If you have around 20 pounds to lose, you might think it’s impossible to lose that weight before summer… Guess what? IT’S NOT! I lost 18 pounds in 8 weeks on the Dukan Diet and a total of 20 pounds total so I am now down to the weight I was when I got married almost 10 years ago! I’ve had two children and I gained 50+ pounds with both my pregnancies. I thought I would never lose the weight, but I DID! All thanks to The Dukan Diet!

If you don’t need to lose weight (Good for you!) you still want to firm and tone your skin before slipping into that new swimsuit. Products like Bliss FatGirlSlim coupled with the cellulite-fighting power of the Bliss Lean Machine will get those gams ready for the beach. I also love the Mama Mio Bikini Confidence Travel Kit and the Bootcamp for Butts Kit is amazing!

Every woman should own a pair of Anti Cellulite Shorts! One of the fastest ways to lose a few pounds (along with diet and exercise!) is Anti Cellulite Shorts. They help to increase your body’s core temperature which makes you sweat, dumping excess water retention. It also helps to increase the rate at which you burn calories, making your exercise routine more effective. A must-have for every girl!

Check out our article Get Fit Quick Just Like A Celebrity and How To Get Back In Shape After Holidays Binging for more tips on losing weight quickly and find out how you can Lose 2 Jean Sizes in 2 Weeks with Zaggora Hot Pants.

If you are desperate for fast results, consider i-Lipo Laser Liposuction Treatment. It costs about $250-$500 per session and you will visibly lose INCHES within an hour. Check out my before and after photos from just one session!

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Get Fit Quick Just Like A Celebrity

Post-Oscars, are you wondering how you can get a perky chest like Catherine Zeta Jones, a waist like Jennifer Lawrence, and legs like Kelly Rowland? We got some tips for you that will help you get fit quick just like a celebrity!

Mama Mio has some awesome products such as Boob Tube, Get Waisted and Lucky Legs. I have personally tried and LOVE all three of those products and can attest to their awesomeness. Boob Tube helps tighten and tone saggy breasts (Use in conjunction with Skin Tight for an at-home boob job!), while Get Waisted has caffeine and other natural ingredients that help stimulate your body to tone the area. Lucky Legs is a must for the summer months when you need to bare those gams.

mama mio products

Here is what Mama Mio has to say about these products…

·        Boob Tube: Go from saggy and crepey to firm, sexy and supple. Boob Tube is amazing because the quality of your skin changes so quickly.

·        Get Waisted: Dramatically increases the destruction of fat leading to a tighter, less wobbly tummy

·        Lucky Legs: A mini-spa treatment that glides on to instantly cool and ease weary limbs from knees to tippy toes. Leaves a super-subtle sparkly-shimmer on your shins and a spring in your step.

These Mama Mio Products range in price from $19.50 – $56.00 and can be purchased at http://www.mamamio.com

I recommend using Get Waisted in conjunction with Delfin Spa Bio Ceramic Anti Cellulite Capris!!

You’re thinking… “Seriously? Anti-Cellulite Capris?” Yeah, I’m not kidding around. These things have become a essential part of my life and I can’t imagine living without them. I’m literally wearing a pair of them, right now.

What are Anti Cellulite Shorts, you say? Let me tell you all about these little miracles…

delfin spa shortsThey are fitted shorts (or capris) that feel a lot like a wetsuit (that you would wear when scuba diving). These babies are not your average workout wear that wicks away moisture… Quite the opposite! These help to increase your body’s core temperature which makes you sweat like mad and rid excess water retention. It also helps to increase the rate at which you burn calories, increases your metabolism and makes your exercise routine more effective. Um, is that the Hallelujah chorus I hear? Yeah, I thought so.

I have personally tried and can wholeheartedly recommend Delfin Spa Bio Ceramic Anti Cellulite Shorts which retail for around $39.99 and come in sizes Extra Small to Extra Large. They can be purchased on Amazon.com for $39.99, Drugstore.com for $35.09 or Delfinspa.com for $39.99.

Bio Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Shorts Make Inches Disappear, quite literally. It says to wear them for 2 weeks to lose up to 2 pant sizes! No, that was NOT a typo! I was elated when I tried them out this past summer and lost a whole pants after just THREE DAYS of wearing them. Read more about Delfin Spa Pants >>

Another item you might take into consideration as bikini-season approaches…

There is a new product on the market that promises to not only reduce wrinkles, decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass, boost energy, but it will also rev up your sex drive and make you look and feel DECADES younger! Um, yeah, sign me up for that boat!

Here is the latest news on the Anti-Aging product that is sweeping the nation…

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A recent article on favorite celebrity gossip site Radar Online listed “The 10 Most Flawless Faces Of Awards Season,” highlighting the creamy complexions of beauties like Ann Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and Helen Hunt. Then the always-hip site revealed a little secret to its readers: “But you don’t have to be a celebrity to look younger and achieve flawless skin.” Rather than touting a new skin cream or cosmetic, however, it joined the ranks of media moguls like The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, and The Dr. Oz Show, who’ve all been running features on human growth hormone (hGH) therapy. hGH therapy is rapidly becoming the hottest new “it” treatment among Hollywood A-Listers due to its touted ability to reduce wrinkles, decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass, boost energy, rev up sex drive, and make you look and feel decades — not years, but DECADES — younger.

With all the attention SeroVital-hgh has been getting, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find. It’s currently available at select Ulta stores, and will be available on a limited basis at prestige retailers across the U.S. If you can’t wait, try ordering it directly from the manufacturer at www.SeroVital.com or 1-800-544-2671. Use promo code SERO18 at checkout and get free shipping.*

And last but not least, if you need to lose weight, we HIGHLY recommend The Dukan Diet! I lost 18 pounds in 8 weeks on The Dukan Diet and finally got my pre-baby body back!

Mama Mio & Tracy Anderson Team Up to Launch the 9 Month Stretch Kit

Mama Mio Skincare and celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson have teamed up to launch their 9-Month Stretch Kit. This new kit is perfect for any mom-to-be who wants to remain fit during their pregnancy while keeping their skin in tip-top shape. The kit includes:

  • Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project DVDs – You’ll receive 9 DVDs to guide you through the important months of your pregnancy. Each DVD features one workout specifically designed for each month of your pregnancy. Additionally, you’ll find exclusive interviews with doctors, mothers, Tracy’s clients and pregnancy experts.
  • Mama Mio Pregnancy Essentials Kit – This kit includes three of Mama Mio’s skincare must-haves for all moms-to-be. You’ll receive their best-selling Boob Tube cream, designed to help prevent sagging; their Tummy Rub Butter to help keep your skin stretch-mark free and their Lucky Legs treatment which offers quick relief for tired, aching feet and legs.

The 9-Month Stretch Kit is available now for $75, and can be purchased here.