Monday, February 24, 2014

Organaca Beauty

I have to admit, I've neglected myself quite a bit ever since becoming a brand new mom 8 (wonderful!) weeks ago.  Whether it was showering (eww I know), brushing my teeth, painting my nails (ok even clipping my nails), or putting on my makeup...there have been many things that have taken the back burner throughout the day.  And don't even bother to ask about my skin care routine - out the window.  I maybe had the chance to use a makeup remover wipe at night before bed, and then I'd call it a day.  

Neglect mixed with this frigid winter we've had has really done a number on my skin. It's been dry, uneven, splotchy, and really flat.  My "pregnancy glow" is long gone.
So the timing couldn't have been better when Organaca Beauty reached out to me, offering to send some products my way to review.  

From the website:
Organaca has carefully curated a collection of beauty products that are safe, effective and stamped with our seal of approval. There's no yucky stuff lurking in the brands we carry. We want you to be able to relax and enjoy the shopping experience knowing that everything we carry is safe, effective and naturally luxurious.

It felt like Christmas morning when the package arrived on my doorstep!
Products included were:

Ilike Grape Stem Cell Body Lotion
Sukicolor Correct Coverage Concealer

This body lotion was very hydrating and nourishing.  I really like the packaging and the mess-free pump style dispenser. The ingredients are amazing: Grape pulp, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Grape Skin, Orange and Lemon Oil, and tons of Vitamins. The scent was botanical and very earthy - not my favorite smell, but I did like the consistency of the product. 
(Grade: B+)

This hand cream is so luxurious.  I have really dry hands, especially now that I'm washing them so frequently with a new baby.  And this cold weather hasn't helped at all. So I truly appreciate an intense and smooth hand cream that really gets the job done.  And this one did just that.  With ingredients like plant oils and beeswax, it felt very rich and soothing.  I would definitely repurchase this for myself, or to give as a gift.  
(Grade: A)

I'm a huge face moisturizer fan - I love to use it both day and night.  Aveeno has been my go-to day moisturizer, but I have to say, this one has replaced it!  The ingredients in this cream have been shown to firm and help your skin fight environmental damage.  And have also been shown to support collagen, while fighting off signs of aging. And it smells so fresh, light and citrusy - so it really wakes me up in the morning.  Who wouldn't want that?  
It's one of the website's best-selling products and I can see why. 
(Grade: A+)
Whether you're a busy student, working woman, or mom like me, you're probably a fan of concealer.  And one that corrects redness, inflammation, blemishes, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles would be pretty amazing right?  Right.  Well, here it is.  100% natural and cruelty-free, this concealer is amazing.  It's creamy, does not settle in fine lines, stays put, and really covers up my dark circles. Will definitely buy it again. 
(Grade: A+)

Now that I've been able to try out some of these natural and wonderful products from Organaca, I can't wait to try more.  (this, this, and this, specifically!) I would like to think that my skin is thanking me after using these creams and concealers - and it's been nice to get back into a routine of really taking care of myself too.  A little pampering and caring for your skin really goes a long way.  

If you're interested in trying out some of these products, or others, check out Organaca Beauty!
AND use coupon code: LOVE15 for 15% off your order!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love, Andrew

happy valentine's day!
hoping you feel extra loved today :)

our little valentine

we are spending our special day making cinnamon pancakes (heart shaped of course), cuddling by the fire, playing with Mimi (grandma), and giving lots of kisses!
so thankful for the love this little guy has brought into our lives!  


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Goodies

Happy Valentine's Week, loves!
This is one of my favorite holidays - for one it marks the dating anniversary of me and sweet hubs :)  This year's kind of a big one..
10 years!! Best decade of my life!!

And also - who doesn't love pink, red, sparkles, x's and o's, and hearts?!
I know I do!

And here are a few V-day happies that are sure to make you swoon.....
Heart Day
mug//pillow//travel bag//lip cream//nail polish
heart ring//blush//perfume//bralette

I'll take one of each, please!  ;)

Hope you all have the loveliest week!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy 1 Month!

Dear Baby Boy,

You are a month old!  The time is flying by, even though some nights feel like they will never end :)  

You have brought so much joy and love into our lives, and we love watching you see the world for the first time.  You are trying to smile, and it just melts Mommy's heart.  When you sleep, you do smile - and I wonder what you're dreaming about.  Maybe riding a bike for the first time.  Maybe your first golf lesson with Papa D, or reading bible stories with Gigi.  Baking chocolate cake with Mimi, or fly fishing with your Papa.  Whatever you are dreaming about, I pray you dream big!
The sky is the limit for you little man.

Right now, you could listen to Daddy tell stories forever - you just stare up at his face, figuring him out and taking in every word.
You love to snuggle with Mommy, and you just figured out how to pull her hair! Ouch!
You still don't like bath time, or being swaddled at all.
But you love riding in the car and being rocked.

It's been the best month, a whirlwind of emotions, so very hard at times...yet so very wonderful and sweet.  I cant wait to see you grow, but for now, let's just have you lay on my chest all curled up like a little tree frog :)  It's kind of my favorite.

I'm one month already??