March Favorites

I’ve only got love for March. We added a couch and a table to our new home, it did not snow, and I took a weekend away from the family for work. Things are very much looking up as spring arrives in Seattle. Here are a few of my favorites from the past month.

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BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer - My blow dryer had been buzzing and making funny noises for months. Then it started to smell like smoke so I finally decided I should probably stop using it. Based on a recommendation from my hair stylist, I picked up a new one and I am actually excited about it. My hair feels more smooth and soft after a blow dry, but even better, this dryer only takes about the half the time that my old one did. I’ve already recommended to a few friends who are also loving it.

Weezer Teal Album - I am not a music person AT ALL. Typically, I prefer no background noise, including music. Greg introduced me to this album earlier in the month, which is all covers of popular 80s and 90s songs. And I’ve found myself asking Alexa to play it pretty much nightly as I make dinner and eat with the kids. Even the kids enjoy it and hearing them sing a few random words to songs like Africa is pretty hilarious.

Closet Staples Capsule Wardrobe Builder - Back in 2014, for the first time ever, I found a style that fit me well and I felt confident with getting dressed every day. Then I had two kids and I kept telling myself once I lose the weight I’ll dress cute again. Well sometime this month I said EFF THAT, I’m going to feel great now. So I went back to my old friend Alison with Get Your Pretty On to see what she had to offer. In 2014 I used her seasonal capsule wardrobe challenges to find my own sense of style. I was excited to see she had a full year staples challenge and grabbed it immediately. I’m still working on getting the pieces together, but I will for sure be sharing more. I’ve been sharing the process on Instagram.

Costco - We have never really been Costco people. I tried once right before C was born, but we didn’t go much so I never renewed. But now, now my kids eat SO MUCH FOOD. (Sometimes. Sometimes they eat nothing.) We just renewed our membership after two years and have been once. I excited about quite a few things we bought much cheaper than my normal store and I’m working on getting a trip into my rotation once a month. Check out my favorites from our first trip.

QuickBooks Self-Employed by Intuit - If you’re a small business owner, this is a necessary tool. For $5 per month ($10 after the first six months), you can organize all your expenses with zero hassle. For the last almost three years my inbox has filled up with receipt emails that I would eventually have to record and then save a PDF of into a folder for our accountant. Now, I just forward the email to my QuickBooks account and it’s all done for me. This is saving me an hour or two a month plus no more stress as my inbox fills up with receipts that need to be dealt with. This is one thing I really wish I knew about years ago.

Clean Beauty Spring Must Haves

Spring is here in Seattle and it came just when we needed it, which seems to always be the case.

It’s a funny season here, it lasts forever - like March to 4th of July - and we can start the day really cool but have incredibly pleasant weather in the afternoon. We still have rain and gray days, but it’s definitely the time of year where I always am surprised by how strong the sun is the first few times we go to the park and I forget sunscreen.

It is noticeably different out than it was say, two weeks ago, and the change leads me to try new products, switch out some of my heavy winter creams, and crave a little color. Here are a few clean beauty products that I’m loving and are perfect for spring.

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Clean Beauty Spring Favorites

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner. I’m off to Phoenix later this week and my legs have not seen the sun in months. This is something I’m actually fine with, I’m never going to look like I have a tan, that’s just me. But I do get asked about safer sunless tanner options frequently this time of year and I’m certainly not opposed to losing a bit of my translusense, so I picked this up on the recommendation of a few friends. Overall, I’m impressed. I’ve only used it once and my legs do have a nice glow and are not quite at bright white. I have some streaking on my feet and my knees, but I think that’s on me, not the product. I never use an exfoliator and I’m not super into body products, but I think if I took a little bit more care of my skin in these areas it would have been a more even application. I’m going to try again when my knees are less scaly.

Beautycounter Countermatch Body Lotion and Lemongrass Sugar Body Scrub. Originally, I was only going to include the body lotion, but after seeing how I haven’t really been taking care of my knees/feet/ankles and they need some extra help, I’m committing to using the body scrub as well. Am I the only person that is sort of annoyed by having to use body products? I feel like they take up precious alone shower time, but I can totally see the difference after just one use of the body scrub. The scrub is perfect for exfoliating dry winter legs and the lotion is nice and light for this time of year, but still very hydrating.

Ella + Mila nail polish. Over on IG Stories I’ve been sharing all the clean beauty finds I’m discovering at Target. I’ve been really impressed lately with the brands they are bringing in, making safer products more accessible. At my store, there is a full display of safer nail polish options, and I recently picked up a my first Ella + Mila color and a top coat. I’ve been really impressed with the wear and the color, Pinktini, is perfect for spring. For little ones, they are now carrying Piggy Paint in stores, too. This is what I used on P as it’s water based, so no chemical fumes, which are in even the cleanest of brands.

Billie Razor. I only ever share products I use and like myself, but I’m taking sharing about Billie to the extreme. I already mentioned them in my February Favorites post and I did an IGTV episode about it. So it’s safe to say I’m a fan. Billie is a subscription razor made for women but without the upcharge that we often see on women’s products. I love the function first of all, if it didn’t work well I wouldn’t bother with it. But I also love the aesthetic, the price, and the fact that it automatically sends me new blades. If you’re into shaving legs and looking for something new for spring and summer, I highly recommend.

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. I deal with more red skin in winter due to my super dry skin (though this new routine is really helping) so I prefer the coverage in Tint Skin, but once the sun is out and the heater is not on as much, I am all about Dew Skin. The coverage is perfect for evening out skin tone, plus it has SPF which is nice for morning park trips. Remember that no matter what type of SPF you are using (chemical, mineral, in a moisturizer, tint, or on it’s own), it is only good for 90 min to two hours. A morning application does not protect you all day. I carry a small face stick with me if we end up outside in the afternoons.

That’s it for me! I’m not a huge product junkie and prefer to keep things minimal YET EFFECTIVE. I’ve learned the hard way that minimal just for the sake of minimal is not always best - hello, still trying to repair my skin’s moisture layer. It might be getting close to 40, but I’m learning that a few extra products can make a big difference!

Are there any clean beauty products you are loving right now? Share them in the comments so we can check them out!

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February Favorites

February wasn’t my favorite month and I swear I’ll stop complaining about it soon. But there are some favorites from this month to share, so here we go!

Madewill 10" High Rise Skinny Jean - I know these jeans are old news, but in case anyone else out there is living under a rock like I was, I finally got a pair and now I know why every single woman I know who has had a child recommends these jeans. I was sent a pair in my final StitchFix box and the second I pulled them on, I knew they were it for me. I’ve been trying to snag a second pair on thredUP but they go so fast it’s been impossible. Anyway, they do something with my body, the one that still doesn’t quite feel like mine nearly 2 years after my last baby was born, that makes me feel good.

3 in 30 Podcast - My friend Alexis has been telling me for months that I would love this podcast. And she was right. The whole idea is to give moms three doable takeaways in each episode. And she keeps them to 30 minutes, which means if you listen to them at 1.5 speed like I do, you can actually finish a podcast during an errand drive! I wanted to recommend a few favorites, but I’ve loved all that I’ve listened to.

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Billie Razor Subscription - After using the same disposable razor for a good six months, only throwing it out once I carved up my leg, I ordered the Billie based on a friend’s recommendation. I had to wait about three weeks due to moving and snow to get my razor, and let me tell you it handled my “winter legs” like a champ. I love that it’s aesthetically pleasing in the shower, how well the magnetic holder works - not gimmicky at all, and that I’m all set up to be sent new blades on a schedule. Which has been keeping me true to my shaving goals. Which are not stretch goals by any stretch of the imagination, but I am shaving more consistently and for whatever reason, that makes me feel good.

Hot Yoga - For years I’ve been telling Greg that I think winter in Seattle would be easier for me if I went to hot yoga regularly and was warm from time to time. This year I felt like I finally had the space to make that happen (don’t underestimate postpartum, mamas, this took me 18+ months) and I am so happy I did. Between being warm, making taking care of myself a priority, and getting out of the house occasionally in the evening, it’s been such a winter game changer for me.

Citrus Defender - Have you heard of this new tea from Starbucks? It is so tasty. Because it’s not really tea. It’s half steamed lemonade with hot water, a little honey, and two Defense tea bags. I recommended rerouting to the nearest drive thru.