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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pregnancy Friendly Beauty Routine

Howdy Friends,

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great weekend and your week is going well. This weekend, I headed down to Houston to celebrate two of my amazing friends, Daphne and Patrick's, upcoming wedding. They had a stock the bar shower and it was so much fun. Lots of fun times with good friends! I couldn't be happier for the beautiful couple!

Daphne and her bridesmaids

Sunday we celebrated Easter with a wonderful Easter service at church and some grilling for dinner. It was perfect!

Today, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite pregnancy friendly beauty products. Whenever I found out I was pregnant, I cut out any products with salicylic acid or retinol immediately for the safety of the growing bambino. Luckily, there are some great products out there that I have found and absolutely love!

First up in any good skin care routine is a great cleanser. I really love Simple Moisturizing Face Wash. It leaves my skin feeling clean but not too dry and doesn't have any artificial perfumes, dyes, or harsh irritants. It is also full of vitamin B5 and E which are great for skin! I think I will probably keep using this one even after Annabelle arrives. The best part is you can buy it at the drug store for just a couple of bucks.

Next up is eye cream. Since I teach aerobics for a living, and make a ton of facial expressions while doing so (which involves a lot of smiling and squishing of my eyes), eye cream has always been super important to me. I think I can remember using anti wrinkle eye cream in high school. A little dramatic I'm sure, but I did it. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a pregnancy safe and effective eye cream out there. Needless to say, I was over the moon excited when my in laws gave me this one for Christmas!

Mama Mio Eye Know is a protein-rich eye serum formulated with peptides, grape stem cell technology, and antioxidants. It helps combat wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and my biggest problem, dryness. I absolutely LOVE it!

Lastly, no skincare routine is complete without an awesome moisturiser. I turned to Mama Mio on this one as well for there Mighty Moisure High Protein Day & Night Moisturiser.

The best part about this moisturiser is it is a one stop show. You can use it day and night and it is actually a combo serum and moisturiser in one! It is packed with 4 moisturisers, 3 firming proteins, 2 peptides, essential amino acids, pre+probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, and algae extracts. Pretty much it's a miracle in a bottle. It lasts forever too. I am still working on the same bottle I got for Christmas and I use it twice a day!

If you are a mommy-to-be on the look out for other great health and beauty products, you have to check out the amazing giveaway going on over at For Two Fitness right now!

The Grand Prize Giveaway items include:
  • 2 Sarah Haley Fit DVDs Expecting More and Sweat Unlimited — prenatal and postpartum workout DVDs for fit mamas and mamas-to-be.
  • Kind Bars — 25 bar gift box of healthy snacks to fuel your day, with healthy ingredients you can see and pronounce.
  • Maclaren Beginnings care products — generous gift bundle of oils, lotions, shampoos, and nursery/powder room products for both mama and baby.
  • GNC – a three month supply of prenatal vitamins.
  • Happy Family Brands — baby and toddler foods for your little ones.
  • For Two Fitness racerback tank and pair of pants or capris
  • Baby K’tan — stylish carrier to aid in hands-free baby-wearing.
  • Zensah — 2 sets of must-have compression leg sleeves. Relieve leg fatigue, increase circulation, reduce varicose veins, and get fresh legs.
Have you signed up yet?? I'm off to finish dinner. I hope you have a great rest of your day!

What are your go to beauty products?

In health,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kettlebell Total Body Burner Workout

Howdy Friends,

Happy Hump Day! I hope you all are having a great week so far. My friend Alison, over at Fearlessly Fierce, has been doing a great Workout Wednesday post every week, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon this week. She posted an awesome cardio and strength workout today. In honor of her Workout Wednesday, I put together a kettlebell workout for you guys.

All you need for this workout is a kettlebell and maybe a mat or somewhere soft to lie down for the pullovers and sit-ups. For all of my future mommies out there, I would swap the sit-ups for stability ball sit-ups or leave them out all together. Also, be careful to use a kettlebell that is challenging without putting too much strain on your lower back.  Let me know if you give it a try!

I have been honored to be a correspondent for this year. My latest post is up on their website today! If you haven't checked out this website yet, it is a wealth of information for fitness instructors, personal trainers, and fitness enthusiasts alike!


I hope you all have a great rest of your day! I'm off to get a few things day before heading back up to teach my last barre class at 4:45 PM.

How did you get your sweat on today?

In health,