How to Spark Joy in your IG

Number one rule: Don’t give a fuck. I mean I’m kinda kidding, but not really. Ya know.. Instagram can suck you in DEEEEEEP. Like reeeeaaaaal deep. You go on thinking I’ll just scroll for a few minutes, see what everyone is up to and then like 5 hours later you’re still scrolling and you find yourself either 1. Super inspired to recreate like 500 photos with your kids 2. You’ve found yourself following 50 new adorable small shops that will now take all your money, or 3. Feeling super bad for being on instagram for so long scrolling and liking pictures of people you love to follow but don’t actually know, when you could of been spending all that quality time with your family or playing with your kiddos or cleaning and Marie Kondo-ing your entire house, or GOING TO BED! Don’t tell me you’ve never found yourself in one or all of these scenerios. I know I have, not always, but I have been that person.

Honestly, finding joy in instagram for me has been about building connections. Using that space as a creative outlet, a place to post pictures of my cute kids, and create content. I’ve taken a step back on my blog recently because I’ve got soo many things I want to accomplish but I just can’t get it all done. That’s besides the point. Finding joy while scrolling the gram.. follow accounts you truly love and are inspired by. Don’t play the follow unfollow game. Engage, interact, comment, like each others photos. It's not a freaking competition, although it seems that way sometimes. Cheer each other on! It’s all about building connections, finding your niche, and sharing what you love. That’s the most important part is sharing what brings you joy, not what you think others will like. That will get you nowhere, other than feeling like a loser when you your post doesn’t do as well as you’d like.

How to Grow

The question everyone asks when they’re just starting out and wanting to “grow” on instagram. It’s hard. Let me tell you. And this is where those feelings of not good enough, why don’t they like my picture, yadda yadda yadda come into play. Here’s what I know about growing on the gram. Create content that people can relate to, that people find pretty, but most importantly what YOU love. When you create content that you love, that shines through and makes you “authentic”. I use quotations because that word gets thrown out a lot in this space. Being authentic. It really comes down to just being you.

Other ways to grow. Build connections. Support other women, moms, accounts on IG that inspire you. Support small shops and share the brands that you love, not what everyone else loves or you think you need to love because everyone has it. The key to getting “featured” on a shops page is to obviously tag them, but also be sure you are showcasing their product. If you want to collaborate with a company, small shop, certain brand, believe me when I tell you it helps if you are already supporting them. Have already bought their products and love them and then want to continue that partnership with a collaboration or discount code for your followers. They will appreciate that and that is called being AUTHENTIC. Sharing brands that you love with your following because you love it too, not just because your getting a free product or getting paid.

Lastly, I will say that giveaways with large amounts of following will help! Putting together a giveaway with large accounts will get you soo much exposure. Loop giveaways will for sure give you a boost, but you can’t always count on those followers staying. Most, probably half will drop off because they entered the giveaway just for the chance to win and then they go unfollow the accounts they don’t really care about. lol Anyways, I feel it’s best to put together giveaways with brands that you truly love and other accounts that you truly love because that will you get you the most authentic following. That will help you build connections and truly keep the joy in your instagram.

Lots of rambling, but I thought I might add that in 5 maybe 10 years when instagram isn’t a thing anymore.. will you be grateful for all your time spent on here or will you regret it. Something I keep asking myself daily to keep me in tune with my actual life, my babies and my family.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mari

Celery Juicing

I’ll be honest, celery juicing is nasty.. the taste is down right disgusting but the benefits are so so great which is why I started to do it. It’s been a couple weeks now and I think I’m sort of getting use to it, and by use to it I mean it’s tolerable. I don’t enjoy it but I will say I definitely think it helps with bloating… like majorly!! This is one of the benefits to celery juice and I swear by it. It took a while for me to really notice any difference, but I went one day without juicing and I could totally tell. I felt off, extremely bloated, and just kind of yucky.

So, why is it so great?

  1. Promotes bone and heart health

  2. Helps lower high cholesterol

  3. Prevents high blood pressure

  4. Lowers inflammation

  5. Supports weight loss

  6. Helps heal digestion

  7. Can help heal acne

  8. Fights infections

  9. Reduces bloating

  10. Helps eczema and psoriasis

How to Prepare it:

  • Rinse one whole stalk of celery

  • Get a juicer! We love our Breville, you can shop HERE!

It’s best to drink about 16oz of celery juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, unless you drink a glass of warm lemon water which is something I’ve also been doing, and I think it’s been really helpful in aiding in my metabolism and digestion. You should then eat something afterwards, but should wait about 15-30 minutes until consuming anything. It’s also best to drink the celery juice on its own without adding anything else to it, and honestly I’ve tried juicing other fruits with it and it still taste gross and like celery juice so I just stick to it straight.

So are you ready to jump on the celery band wagon yet? I think you will enjoy the benefits, tag me on insta if you start! As always, thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Mari

Most of the information is taken from the medical medium, the guy who started the movement. You can read more about the benefits HERE

New Year Better for You

Happy New Year!! I’m not one to usually set resolutions, I just don’t like the commitment of sticking to something that I don’t know I will like doing lol So I try to set goals rather and hope that by the end of the year I’ve accomplished them.

This years Goals: 2019

  1. Parent with patience and positivity

  2. Play with my children more

  3. Live in the moment

  4. Go on more adventures

  5. Drink a shit ton of water

  6. Learn to love my body

  7. Read more, learn more

Last year however, I made a vow to myself to try and get rid of all the chemical based products in my house and switch to better skin care, beauty products, household products, and just all around safer for you ingredients. It took me ALL year to make the switch, it’s a big investment and very time consuming and I wanted to use up all my old products and gradually make the change so it wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg all at once. Back in August I became a Beauty Counter Consultant, you can read more about what it is and why I chose to use this line of products HERE, or you can shop Beauty Counter products HERE.

I also chose to become a Young Living Consultant, this is the area I’d love to grow in this year as I am not excellent at knowing what to do with it all. This is where I say that it is very time consuming. Making your own cleaners, knowing what oils go well with one another, knowing what oil to use when. It all takes a lot of time to research and money to buy everything to make them in. Pinterest is obviously my inspiration when I am looking at making something, and what I like to do is search “essential Oils blends for…….” and I put the word cold or for children or roller blends. This way recipes come up for exactly what I’m looking for! I buy all of my bottles and rollers from amazon. You can shop below… If you’re interested in buying products through me from Young Living, you can visit the site www.youngliving.com and use my member ID 13393894 at checkout!

Easy Immune Roller Blend

Recipe:

  • 20 drops lemon oil

  • 10 drops oregano oil

  • 10 drops thieves oil

  • 10 drops frankincense oil

  • 10 drops peppermint oil

  • 10 drops purification oil

  • coconut carrier oil

Directions:

In 10ml amber roller bottle, add all oils listed above and mix together and label “immune blend”. In separate 10ml roller bottle add 15-20 drops of the immune blend, fill remainder with coconut carrier oil, shake, label and your done!

  • For children and infants: 1 drop essential oil per 1 Tbsp carrier oil is usually a safe rule to follow

  • For adults: 2 drops essential oil per tsp of carrier oil

Remember, essential oils are potent and a little amount goes a long way, meaning you don’t need very much to get the therapeutic benefits!

Last week when we were all sick with the flu, I woke up feeling achy and thinking I was also going to get the flu, but I applied this immune roller to the inside of my ankles and back of my neck and by the evening I wasn’t achy anymore.. I shit you not. This mixed with drinking lots of water, green tea, and taking my Emergen-C and placenta pills, to my surprise I never got it!

I wish you all the very best, Happy New Year to you and your family. Cheers to 2019!

xoxo Mari

Skin Care Routine

Background 

Believe it or not I'm pretty minimal when it comes to a skin care routine. Back in the day I use to wash my face in Noxzema (Which is basically a jar of cancer causing cream.. that rates an 8 on the "think dirty app".. but it smells good and made my face feel awesome so I didn't care or even know the harmful ingredients it had in it) Then I started using Cetaphil which is slightly better for my skin (rating a 5 on the "think dirty app") plus I could buy 2 huge containers from Coscto for only $19.99 and since it's from Costco it has to be good, right?! I also lathered my face in Neutrogena combination skin oil free moisturizer which rates an 8 on the "think dirty app" but it was light weight, I could buy it at any local convenient store and I liked the way it felt on!

It wasn't until I went to my first Norwex party that I really understood how harmful many of the products that my family and I were using were. It was then that I wanted to take those steps in becoming more intentional with what products I bought and used in my everyday life. I started with the boys products, specifically the Johnson & Johnson products I was using. These rank among the highest toxic products on the "think dirty app" which I was honestly shocked about! I mean we use these on our babies in the NICU, the smell is soooo dreamy, and I always thought so highly of this classic baby brand. This is when I started to do more research.. I knew I wanted to switch over my products, but it was also going to be a big investment and I was nervous about that. I wrote a blog post on safer baby products last winter if you'd like to read it HERE. In the post I researched a variety of products, from store bought to small shop to larger investments and it was then that I was introduced to Beauty Counter. 

It literally took me months, I mean MONTHS to finally take that leap to switching over my skin care/hair care products. It was always in the back of my mind to sign up for Beauty Counter, but the investment was also in the back of my mind. So I product jumped, buying "safer" products from my local stores or ordering products from online boutiques and they were all fine, I just didn't LOVE any of them. Then a friend reached out and asked if I wanted to sign up, and for whatever reason I said yes and that's when my Beauty Counter journey started!

I literally had been hearing TONS of great things about this company, soooo many big bloggers that I follow were also using it, and they have this thing called the never list which was very intriguing to me! What I love about this brand is their commitment to a health and safety standard that goes beyond U.S. laws, which is really like nothing.. they've prohibited over 1500 questionable or harmful chemicals while still making amazing products that actually work! I've been using my products now for about 2 weeks and I couldn't say enough about how well they are working, the way the smell which is amazing, and just the fact that I can feel good about using them. Soooo this brings me to my routine which is what this post was about anyways... lol

Routine

Norwex Face Cloth: Still using my norwex cloth to wash my face. There is just something I love about washing my face with just a cloth and warm water. I do think that as I continue to age I would like to start adding in creams and cleansers that are safe and beneficial for my face and skin. 

Adaptive Moisture lotion: I've been using this in the morning and night after I wash my face with my norwex cloth. It reminds me of my neutrogena moisturizer that I use to use and loved. It's lightweight which is what I love, and perfect for my "combination" skin type. I tend to get oily in the summer and dry in the winter and this moisturizer helps the skin adapt to those changes. 

Tint Skin: This lightweight creamy foundation reminds me of a BB cream because it blends all those imperfections, covers blemishes, and evens out your skin tone. I'm really picky when it comes to face make up because I hate the way it feels to have too much make up on, and this does not make me feel that way! 

Bio Oil: I've used this with each pregnancy and lather it on my belly and breast. I can't say that its the perfect oil to use because I haven't used any other products, but I have loved it so far. 

Volume and Shape Shampoo/Conditioner: I've been using this shampoo and conditioner for about two weeks now and at first it just made my hair feel really clean which is great but I wanted a boost. After a few washes, I could start to tell the difference and I absolutely love it. 

Products that I'm looking forward to trying from Beauty Counter are....

You can shop/browse all the beauty counter products HERE

The charcoal bar is suppose to do wonders in absorbing impurities in your skin without drying it out. Ever since giving birth to Oliver I've had these little red bumps on the back of my arms that I am so self conscious about. I don't know how to get rid of them, but I'm thinking that this charcoal bar will do the trick so I will take some before and after pictures and post my results after I've used it for a while! 

What I love about Beauty Counter is the variety of products they have to offer from skin care, to make up, to body wash, to hair products! So I can purchase many safer ingredients from one brand that I truly believe in. 

Local Beauty Product Company: Penny & Pine

Before I signed up for beauty counter I was sent some samples from penny & pine, a local company that is also looking to take their beauty products to the next level by making them cruelty free, paraben free, and earth friendly. I never have time to pamper myself, but a simple face mask is easy to put on and take off while I'm in the midst of being a mom. 

I haven't tried much of their products, and what really intrigued me was the peppermint exfoliating cleanser mainly because I thought of my husband Jay who uses that black head scrub from walmart and is most likely horrible for your skin lol I'm trying to get him to make the switch with me to using safer products so I've ordered him a few things from Beauty Counter and thought why not try a local company as well!

They are a brand new company and offer a variety of skin care products from lash boost to face masks to eye creams. If you're looking to shop small Penny & Pine may be a great option for you!

One thing that made my decision easier to make the switch was using up all my old products so that I didn't feel so bad about throwing them away when I finally made the investment. Knowing that I took this step to bettering myself and my family in simply buying safer products makes me feel really good and I'm excited to continue to make these little yet big steps in using safer ingredients. After all, it's the steps I take now that will effect our future! 

Hope you enjoyed today's post, if you every have any questions or are interested in Norwex or Beauty Counter, reach out and let me know, I'd love to chat! OR if you want to browse the product list or learn more about Beauty Counter you can visit my site HERE

XOXO Mari