Monday, September 19, 2016

Lara Bar Nut Butter


I love reporting to you guys when I find something I truly love. And, one thing I truly LOVE is SNACKS!




I recently stopped by costco and saw a new item from Lara Brand. If you eat LaraBar bars, you definitely want to read on. Oh, and if you love delicious chocolate goodness, definitely keep reading!



I picked up Lara Cashew and Almond Butter in the flavor "Chocolate Coconut". It reminds me of a familiar delicious hazelnut spread. Except this is loaded with nutrition and is my favorite thing NON-GMO. That means no genetically modified organisms are in this delicious snack! So, it is definitely a snack you can enjoy without feeling guilty!



I am going to throw it in my smoothie tomorrow! 


The consistency is like chunky peanut butter. But, the taste is SERIOUSLY like an explosion of deliciousness in your mouth. The chocolate coconut mixture is DELICIOUS!

They also have Banana Nut flavor, which I haven't tried. But, on my next Costco trip, I will be picking it up!




DELICIOUS 





I have been having it as a mid-day snack on toast, with a cup of chamomile tea and it is a total mom pick me up!!!


Let me know your thoughts ladies and gents! It is seriously DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Fiber One Deliciousness!


I am always on a quest to be and stay healthy. With a baby in tow, I have to do most of my eating on the go. Usually, that means snack bars and trail mix is on the agenda for me! 


 I recently found at my local Costco, some delicious fiber one bars. They're great because they do not have any artificial colors or flavors and now they're 25% less fat than they once were! 


My favorite is the lemon flavor. I love lemon ices, so sometimes for a treat, I throw it in the freezer quickly (just to get a cold sensation) and use it as my "treat" when I am winding down with my daughter, after dinner! 

They also have a fiber one oats and chocolate bar, which I use sometimes in the morning when I have to rush out the door as a breakfast replacement. Or a "hold me over" bar. They're filling and satisfying and not as fattening as a typical meal replacement bar. Which is great! 


I always get my fiber one bars at Costco because they always have the widest variety of different flavors and it just makes it easier to stock up on them, Costco is so convenient for that reason! And, they have HEALTHY food options which makes meal planning and snacking, easier!







While you're here, head over to a great pinterest board with ideas for on the go snacking HERE 


Next time you're in Costco, grab a box and thank me later! 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The ONE THING No One Tells You About Parenting

Making the choice to become a parent, is the most intense decision a human being can make. To decide to bring a child into this world is something that you will not understand until you become a parent.

 I eat, sleep and breathe 24/7 with my daughter. She will be 16 months and I have never had one night away from her and I would never have it any other way. I don't feel like I am missing out on anything. If anything the times I do go out to get my hair done or something like that, I feel I missed out on valuable time with her.

No one on this earth can prepare you or explain to you the amount of love you're going to have for your baby. I thought I knew how much I loved her when I was pregnant. But, the very instant she entered this world my life as I knew it changed forever. And, I am so grateful and feel so lucky to be Juliana's mom.

So, while there will be plenty of people to tell you about the sleepless nights you will endure or which boppy pillow is the best. There is just NO ONE that can explain the love you will feel.



This is for any mama in their ninth month of pregnancy. When you can't even see your feet. When you can not even roll out of bed, because your belly is so big. It will be so worth it! More than you can imagine!





..So TRUE.. (Via google images)




This is also for the brand new parents getting by on 2 hours of sleep (if that) that stage passes and then you miss it so much!

 It is such an overwhelming feeling of love being a parent that, NO ONE can explain to you. Only YOU can feel it yourself.

Hopefully, this post will help someone, somewhere :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Kim Kardashian Lipstick Collaboration

Kylie Jenner isn't the only one taking the lipstick world by storm. Pretty soon we will be able to grab Kim Kardashian's signature nude lip thanks to her collaboration with Charlotte Tilbury.


The range of lipsticks is inspired by other modern day icons such as Miranda Kerr, Kelly Ratajokski and Miranda Kerr and also of course, Kim Kardashian West

 Kim's shade will be called Kim KW







The thing that is so awesome is, the collection will raise awareness and donate proceeds to the charity "Women For Women International.



I am very much looking forward to this collaboration, are you? Thoughts?

Coupon Code for Starshop.com

I am really excited to be collaborating with an amazing company  Pop Culture Living for an amazing coupon code for my readers! And, they have given me a special code LBEAUTY35 with TONS of SAVING for you guys on the site www.starshop.com 


  
They offer super luxe living and sell AMAZING home decor items. My code is amazing and so are their items, so check them out!! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pure Goodness Hemp Protein Powder

I have been looking to amp up the protein in my diet and lower my carbohydrate intake. I want to do this in an effort to lose weight. I still have baby weight on me and my daughter is 15 months. So, I don't truly consider it baby weight anymore. And, I want it gone. But, I want to do so in a way that is healthy and not risky. No pills, no wraps, no gimmicks. Just plain old eating well and exercise (if my child lets me,lol)



Enter "Pure Goodness Hemp Protein Powder" -- It has no artificial additives, is non-gmo verified and gives you a potent punch of 15 grams of plant based protein. All, while having the flavor of chocolate. (they offer vanilla and unflavored options, as well)


I have been drinking it in the morning and it helps curb my hunger. I added a scoop to my husbands oatmeal because the health benefits are through the roof and he ate the whole bowl. Since, he is a picky eater, I think many people would enjoy the taste of this.



What I have most mornings. Quick and healthy!



It is cold pressed so it retains all of the natural nutrients. It is also completely friendly if you're on a Paleo diet. And, it is free of soy, gluten and dairy. Find it: http://mypuregoodness.com/


Another really awesome thing to note is that they actually give back to fight against hunger. 1% of sales to help provide nutritious food to communities in need across the US.


I love to support companies that put healthy food out there. It is way too easy to not eat well and this gives me every excuse to eat well. And, to do so quickly. Which is imperative, to me!


I love that they give back and I strongly encourage you to try it for yourself. They have other flavors available on their website HERE



Check them out on all social media outlets:
 https://www.facebook.com/mypuregoodness/
https://www.instagram.com/mypuregoodness/
https://twitter.com/MyPureGoodness
https://www.pinterest.com/puregoodnes0051/


I know you will love it as much as I do! If you have any questions feel free to comment with them or send them to my twitter HERE 


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

You Will Always Be My Baby

Every mom makes a promise to their child.

I have made SEVERAL. The most important thing I hold close to my heart, is the promise that my daughter, no matter how old she is, will ALWAYS be my baby!


It is so important to "baby' your baby. As Juliana grows and becomes more independent, I miss each and every stage. Life is chaotic. Motherhood is overwhelming. You're tired, you have laundry to do, dishes to clean. You need to fit a shower into your day (not always,lol)


But, I promise my daughter that, I will never lose sight of the fact that she is and will always be MY BABY.


Hubby & I reading to her


When kids get older, I think they still need to know that they're your baby and they can come to you for anything.


 The other day I just broke down crying when my daughter was playing independently and she grabbed a book and sat in the corner with it and was turning the pages. I always take her aside and read with her in that corner. And, she must really enjoy it because when she thought I wasn't looking, she grabbed a book and went to the corner to read it. I stopped everything and broke down.


Showing her pictures of her from different stages!


It is so important for her to feel my constant love. And, she loves reading time. So, it truly filled my heart with joy to see her go do our activity. But, it made me realize how time is just FLYING by.


She will only be this little once and I promise that no matter how old she is, she will truly always be my baby! I promise every day to be the best mom I can be to her because I prayed for her before I had her and I am lucky to have her and never take a second of it for granted!


A special thank you to Pampers and Walmart for sponsoring this post. One of my favorite brands and I have tried many!

It is extremely important that my daughter stays diapered in the best out there. That is why I choose pampers premium! It is a simple #MothersPromise that she will never wake from a wet diaper (Besides, we ALL need the most sleep we can get). And, pampers helps with this, with their 5 star skin care. The wetness indicator is a HUGE plus because sometimes you're not positive in the beginning if your child's diaper is wet. This was a major deciding factor in going with Pampers for me!


Pampers are available at your local Walmart and online at www.Walmart.com 


More conveniently here is a direct link to Pampers at walmart -- HERE


They are hosting a giveaway on twitter at 9pm EST on March 3,2016 which I am super excited to be a part of. (if you're expecting a little one, you should join us, it will be a fun chat and a chance to win goodies for your little one!)


They will be selecting ten winners for pampers premium and $100 towards your baby registry, if that sounds interesting please join the #motherspromise party!


Hope to "see" you there!




Sunday, February 21, 2016

Should You Be Filtering Your Shower Water?

 


I have longed for a very long time to have total home reverse osmosis done to my house. However, I don't know exactly where I want to settle down and live yet. So, it is not realistic to do it in the house I live in now, as the price is rather costly.


I have been looking into shower filters ever since I gave my daughter her first bath. I think its important to filter out some of the toxins that are in our water. Plus, the chlorine that is pumped into our water is very drying. While it is obviously a blessing to have clean water, it is necessary to take out some of the yuckies, still.


After looking into several that were priced between $40-$300. I landed on the SmartShowerFilter. It actually happened to be the cheapest one and so far, I actually LOVE it.

These are some of the stats that the Smart Shower Filter boasts:

Water purifying shower head for skin care and hair. Now with a high pressure 30% water saving natural ionic filter and 3 settings - SmartShowerFilter

  • OIL-FREE SKIN - Bioactive stones help restore balance in oil glands

    ULTRA PURIFIED WATER - Enjoy a CHLORINE FREE shower which prevents premature ageing. Especially good for soothing eczema

    SAVE WATER but still maintain high pressure using Innovative laser perforated technology. Flow rate of 1.74 - 1.82Gpm at 0.25Mpa
     
DURABLE shower head is long lasting and great for the whole family. Suitable for children and pets.

 
WATER SAVING FEATURE, Micro Nozzle mechanism saves water by as much as 30%. Strong Stainless Steel Head Panel. Shower head has tiny water holes and special structure to reach water-saving effect. Laser Perforated Technology Feature with a Flow Rate of 6.7-6.8L/minute at 0.25Mpa

EASY INSTALLATION. Connect to any standard hose in seconds ( Hose not Included )





One thing to note, is that the hose is indeed not included so, if you have just a standard shower head on the wall you are going to need to purchase a hose. That wasn't an issue for me. But, just a caution in case you do not have one.


I will say, my skin and hair have changed a lot since using this and I am really happy I purchased it. Although, my long term goal is going to be to have full house reverse osmosis done. I am extremely satisfied with this for now! 


You can get it HERE


It is literally under $17 and makes a huge difference! Try it, you will not be let down!!

 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Essential Oil For Beginners

 

I have really fallen in love with essential oils!!

 (No, I don't sell them,lol)


I have been using awesome essential oils in my room and my daughters room. They have actually helped me relax. I shut my bedroom door, so the only time I smell the relaxing smell is when I enter my bedroom. Same for my daughter. 

It does sort of turn a switch on in your head that makes you associate that smell with sleeping. I really see an improvement in my own ability to relax. Which, if you know me, is nearly impossible!!! So, this speaks volumes!



I never really knew much about them. I have read a few books and talked to a few friends that swear by them. I was definitely highly skeptical at first. But, my husband loves them too and he initially thought the idea was unrealistic. He is FAR MORE of a skeptic than I. So, there's that.


The essential oil I have chosen to use is by a brand called "Kid Safe" you can find it on amazon. I love the scent "Calming the Child"  DIRECT LINK HERE


I never really understood essential oils, past the point of diffusing them. But one of my favorite things to help me after a long day of chasing after an extremely active toddler is to use peppermint essential oil and a carrier oil. 

Carrier oils are necessary since it helps you use less of the essential oil. And, essential oil should not be directly applied to the skin without something to dilute it. 


So, of course I found an organic carrier oil set on amazon, my go-to place for everything. The one I selected contains: Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tamanu Oil and Argan Oil.


This set could not be more perfect! And if you didn't know tamanu oil is AMAZING to help with the appearance of stretch marks. I am lucky I didn't get a ton of stretch marks during pregnancy. 

My 118 pound frame was 185 pounds before I delivered my daughter. So, think of all of that STRETCH. Of course, I have a few, but they just make me realize I was blessed to carry my daughter in my belly!

 But, there are days where I just want them to look less obvious and this oil has help fade them. I have been putting it on every night and so far, so good! I will update you via twitter on the super long term use of it. 


The carrier oil can be found HERE  

It is by Gio's Naturals. I LOVE IT!  

 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Look for Less

 


I think women can all agree on one thing -- we all love to look and feel great. And, when you can look great and not break the bank, well, that is just the icing on the cake!


I always, always shop on amazon! I get almost everything from diapers for my daughter, to razors for my husband and skin care,makeup and jewelry for myself (and everything in between)


I love when I find a great casual piece that looks expensive. This crystal bracelet is something I can wear out and it looks nice. My daughter has the habit of pulling on my jewelry and anyone else who may hold her, she pulls their jewelry too, lol.




This bracelet is nice to make a casual outfit have that extra something:






I have a diamond bracelet that looks almost exactly like this, so it is nice to have the option to wear this instead!


The quality is really great and you can get it HERE

 
 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Electric Hair Brush Review



This is certainly not your mama's hairbrush! I have 2 electric hairbrushes and I have to say I am in love with both. This review is for the Seen One electric hair brush straightener.


It is a 3 in 1 electric hair brush. It helps detangle your hair. It heats up to help straighten your hair without having to break out the hair straightener. And, it has an anion massager which makes your hair really sleek.


Now, I do have to say, I do not think this would help people with really curly hair. I have straight hair that is always puffy and frizzy and has to be smoothed out to look polished and not like I just rolled out of bed.





This is great for me because I have very little time to style my hair. But, I do love having sleek straight hair. Since, it is only on occasion that I curl it.


I just run this brush through my hair as I would any other brush and the heat and ions cause my hair to look smooth and almost exactly as if I used a straightener to achieve the results it gives me. I will update the blog with a picture of my hair, when I have time to put makeup on. But, being as though this has been an extremely busy week, I have been makeup free for most of it. But, my hair has been on point.


To me, this is the ultimate mommy tool. Or, perfect for anyone with straight to wavy hair. I am not sure if it would work on curly hair. But, I could be wrong. But, I got it on amazon and they have an amazing return policy, so if you do want to try it and you're a curly girly, I suggest getting it from amazon.


I got mine HERE


This will save you a ton of time!!! Thank me later!  

 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Natural Hair Heat Protectant - Organic & Cruelty Free


Flat ironing can damage your hair. They can heat up to 400 degrees which is enough to fry and damage healthy hair. Curling irons and even constant blow drying can damage hair. Add in bleaching or coloring your hair and it will of course become dry and brittle.

I was in search of a natural, organic heat protectant. After reading about all of the silicone in conventional heat protectant.


I came across ISA Professional EVAO Extra Virgin Organic Argan Oil. I have been using it for about 2 months now and I absolutely love it. It will be a staple in my hair routine.


Argan Oil is natures heat protectant!




I have really straight hair. However, after years of coloring and bleaching and using the hot iron and hot tools on my hair. And, also after pregnancy. I noticed a huge change in my hair. It was breaking at the top and my ends were so split and damaged. I apply this to dry hair sometimes as a pre-treatment. But, my favorite way to use it is on damp hair, I then let my hair air dry, since I have been trying not to blow dry it. 


Then after all of that, I iron it quickly. Just to decrease the frizz and puffiness. And iron out any waves in my hair. It has really improved the health of my hair. It protects from heat damage without the use of those thermal sprays which are full of unnecessary chemicals. If you are looking to ditch the chemicals from your daily routine, this is a great product to start with. Your hair and body will thank you.



Also, this isn't just limited to your hair. When my elbows or knees are dry I throw some of this on and they are instantly smooth. Not forever, but definitely a quick 


It is USDA Organic, EcoCert, and cruelty free.


Here is a link to purchase it  ORGANIC ARGAN OIL


Let me know if you try it out!   


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vegetarian Friendly Baked Eggs In a Muffin Tin Recipe

In an effort to eat a healthy breakfast in the mornings. I have done breakfast prep. With my daughter being extremely active in the mornings it was nearly impossible to make a good decision on what to eat for breakfast. Most of the time I was reaching for the nearest thing, which usually ended up being cookies or a muffin. No nutrition and tons of calories. NO BUENO!

Solution: Eggs in a muffin tin!

Here is what I used and I eyeball everything. I am Italian, this is how my mom cooks and her mom cooks and how my dad cooks and so on. So, if something looked like it needed a bit more, I added it. Here is a guideline, I don't love the term recipe lol


Ingredients:





Butter to grease the pan (I love Kerrygold)

7 eggs scrambled with a dash of Himalayan Pink Salt & a dash of white or black pepper

Vegetables of your choosing (I used 1/2 zucchini and chopped up a quarter of an onion)

Splash of Rice Milk (you can use dairy milk, almond milk etc.)

Horizon Organic Mozzarella Cheese

Optional Meat substitute or BACON or HAM or whatever you like I used Lightlife Meatless Smart Bacon (2 Strips)







Directions:

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees

- Grease muffin tin pan liberally with butter 

- Grab measuring cup crack 7 Eggs into it

- Add a splash of rice milk

- Whisk eggs until they are well mixed and look "fluffy"

- Add ingredients directly to your measuring cup -  vegetables, meat substitute, cheese, salt, pepper

- Give it a good stir

- Pour directly from measuring cup into the muffin tins

- Place in oven and check after 15 mins. Continue checking every 5 minutes until the eggs puff up and you can see that they are cooked throughout. Mine took 20 minutes.


This was my first time making this so it does not look pretty. But I ate two with one half of an English muffin and I had a balanced breakfast. Once they cooled, I placed them in a ziplock and enjoyed the rest for the next few days, in the morning.




Let me know if you make this!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Spring Dreaming - White Makeup Brushes With Rose Gold Trim

 

The weather in New York where I am for a bit with my family has me dreaming of Spring. And, dreaming of sidewalks with no snow!

 But, I am preparing for Spring and for my return back home to Florida. I found these GORGEOUS synthetic makeup brushes with beautiful Rose Gold trim. They are my first Spring like purchase.



I used them about 5 times for makeup application and there has been no shedding. Shedding is sometimes an issue with some synthetic makeup brushes. But, I really want to try to stay away from natural brushes. I own a few. But, from now on I am going with synthetic.


These have the right amount of glamour to make me feel great while putting on makeup? Does anyone else think like this? LOL


I LOVE the quality and have already washed them and there was barely any loss of bristles. They are no name and I have come to the conclusion that it really does not make any difference. The rose gold trim sold me on these and they have proved to be awesome!!


Go get yourself some -- HERE

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Angel Baby Toddler Pillowcase



I just got my daughter her very first "big girl" pillow. It is organic and I got it on amazon for 25 bucks!

It has 5 star reviews and is not treated with chemicals that traditional pillows are treated with.


I was sent a really cute toddler pillowcase which came in handy since I just purchased her a pillow!

It is a damask stripe pink pillow case. It is truly adorable and I am thinking of purchasing it in ivory since that will match the pillows in my room better.


Overall, the pillowcase washes well and I even throw it in the dryer and it didn't shrink,which is a plus. No signs of pilling and I didn't wash it separate and the material is really soft and comfortable for Juliana's naps. Great to take with you in the car or anywhere your child may want to take a little piece of "home" with them.


They have a variety of colors and I will definitely be purchasing another.


You can get them HERE



Colors to choose from


SIDE NOTE:

I get pretty much everything I own on amazon! I love their return policy. I recently ordered a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp and it had a missing piece. I did try to rectify it directly with the company with no results. However, amazon stepped in and is sending a new one and all I have to do is ship back the broken one. You can not beat the customer service amazon provides. I will always be loyal to them for this reason! 

 

How To Stay Organized While Packing Your Luggage

 


I have always had an issue with packing my luggage efficiently. And, I was on the constant hunt for something to help me.


I came across these amazing packing cubes HERE 

They really help you stay organized. I got one for my husbands luggage and I am going to use two of the packing cubes for my daughters lightweight clothing. 



This dramatically upgrades your packing game. And, you can easily identify what you have since you can pack shirts in one cube and pants in another, so on. 


Check them out if you are in need of packing your luggage in a more efficient manner. 

They are a lifesaver!


HERE 


 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Baby Proofing Ideas

 

With A 14 month old running around my house, it goes without saying that things need to be baby proofed. I have been staying by my in laws since before my daughters birthday in November (she took her first steps the day before her first birthday!). So, after her first birthday we really had to buckle down and baby proof. The cabinets at my in laws are older and they don't have handles. It is just an old style cabinet, they are actually modern looking, strange how that works out! Anyway, I thought it was going to be tough to baby proof until I cam across these cool magnetic locks on Amazon.


This invisible safety lock set allows you to secure multiple cabinet &drawers where you may store items you do not want your little one getting their hands on.






Setting them up was super simple and they reallu come in handy!

You can get them on amazon HERE

 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Naturel Commodity Vitamin C Serum Review

 

I alternate serums every other night to give my skin the best hydration. This is something I learned while in school to become an esthetician. When you do this what one serum lacks the other may have and gives you an all around better chance at delivering the exact ingredients your skin needs to stay hydrated! What I love about this is the price-point is amazing under $30. It doesn't contain alcohol, parabens, sulfates, and it is cruelty free. Another plus it is made in the U.S.A.

It is made with high quality anti-aging ingredients. It comes in an airless pump bottle which protects and preserves the product. It is plant based and GMO FREE!

 


 



 

 

To purchase this product go -->  HERE

 

 I have been on a serum hunt lately and this is amazing considering it is under $30 on amazon and I really feel great about the results!!

 Let me know if you try it out! 

 

 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Valentia Eye Cream


 I found an awesome eye cream for dark circles or puffiness under your eyes. I never really experienced this until becoming a mother. But lack of sleep has landed me with some dark circles under my eyes on some days. I like to keep my regimen pretty clean and this has been helping out a ton.

You can pick up Valentia True Glow Eye Cream where I found it on Amazon HERE



Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I have. I noticed a reduction in my swelling under my eyes too  which is a major plus. Love an eye cream that actually delivers!


XoXo,
Lauren
 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Boston Proper Is My New Favorite Shopping Spot

I have received the Boston Proper Catalog for a long time and have purchased far and in between with them. Recently, I placed a large order and I loved every single piece that I ordered. Some catalog clothes feel cheap, with "Boston Proper" the quality is in the clothes! 


To make matters amazing I recently discovered they have a store not to far from where I live. I visited the store and ended up with even more amazing articles of clothing! There are a few locations in Florida.

Boston Proper Locations :


6000 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561-447-8633

23150 Fashion Drive
Suite 101
Estero, FL 33928
239-948-1138


  • 698 Fifth Avenue South
    Naples, FL 34102
    239-330-3840



313 John Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-536-2644





The clothing is truly very flattering to your body and thats what I truly love about it! 





Cant Find this dress online but I purchased it in the boutique itself. It has gorgeous leather piping around the top and the color is so Fall appropriate.














Ponte Peplum Warm-up

The Peplum Top Accentuates All Of The Right Areas

Perfect polished look for a flight. The leather trim really adds to it.

I purchased the wedged sneakers from them too by, DKNY they pulled everything together.

  HERE