Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine. Dear new and soon-to-be moms, It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking Read more

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Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine.

Best products for baby, pampering for mom via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Dear new and soon-to-be moms,

It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking care of yourself. Trust me, I’ve done it times 5.

It starts with tons of research into the best products for your baby and lots of family and friend’s weighing in with their opinion (sometimes helpful, sometimes not so much.) Then your little one comes along, and taking care of yourself goes on the backburner (oh girl, trust me, you say it won’t, but it does despite your best efforts.)

Being a mom of 5 boys – my oldest being 17 and my youngest just turning 1, I can sincerely say I know a thing or two about some must-have items.

To start, here are my 5 boys. The only way to ever get them in the same picture at the same time is on the first day of school, otherwise, best of luck.

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Whether this is your first baby or 5th, I hope stumbling upon this list is helpful in your search for your baby and yourself.

For Mom:

@illumai biome hair system for new and expecting moms review via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

illumai biome care system: After you have your baby, your hormones go crazy and this wreaks havoc on your hair and scalp. But something you may not know, is that during your pregnancy and after (if you are nursing), you still need to be vigilant about the ingredients in your hair and skin care products and that’s what makes illumai a brand worth looking into.

illumai 3-product system only contains 7 ingredients, and is formulated without sulfates, silicones, parabens, preservatives, and plasticizers. Their products are gluten-free, nut-free, 100% vegan and cruelty-free (PETA certified.) illumai works with every hair type, making it ideal for the whole family. They offer it in travel size (pictured above) and full size.

And while you may associate natural hair care with herbal scents, this one is unlike any other. It has a perfume-like fragrance as you cleanse and condition your hair, which really is a mood-booster in the shower, but the scent dissapates over the course of the day so it is not overwhelming.

This system is so well-designed for new moms, that I’ve asked them to give you a discount. Get 40% off either size of illumai biome care system – just use promocode 44AGIRLSGOTTASPA at checkout. Expires 10/15/2016.

Rainbow Light Prenatals via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Rainbow Light 35+ Mom & Baby Pre and Postnatal Vitamins: When I found out I was pregnant with Ethan, I was 40 years old. There’s a lot to consider when everyone tells you all of the scary statistics and being deemed a high-risk pregnancy. Nutrition to insure the health of my baby was my number one priority. Like, as soon as I peed on that stick and it said I was pregnant, I was out buying prenatals that afternoon. No joke.

Rainbow Light vitamins are made with natural, purity-tested ingredients and NO artificial preservatives, colors, flavors or sweeteners. They’re vegetarian and do not contain gluten, wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, eggs, fish, or shellfish. Why is this important? Because there are a lot of vitamins out there with filler ingredients. (Plus if you have an allergy, this is good info. to know!)

Rainbow Light multivitamins can be taken on an empty stomach (yay!) and can be taken during and after pregnancy (if you plan to breastfeed, plan to keep taking your prenatals until you’ve weaned your baby.)

Enjoy this discount code for 20% off on Rainbow Light Prenatals: HappyBaby

For Baby:

@Gerbercw onesies are a must-have for baby via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Gerber® Onesies®: (OMG how freaking adorable does Ethan look for real???) This brand of onesie has been a staple for each of my boys as babies. So you could say that I basically have been in a relationship with Gerber® for 17 years now.

Gerber® Onesies® are sooo soft with 100% knit cotton, so they are perfect for layering or simply to be worn alone on a hot day. Despite the fallen leaves in the photo above, it was 80 degrees when I snapped that pic of my sweet boy in his onesie. On warm nights, he wears his onesie so that he can sleep comfortably without overheating. During the colder weather, I use them for layering for warmth.

Gerber® Onesies® are by far the most durable onesies and I love that they come in both short and long sleeves.

Save on Gerber apparel at your favorite retailer with money-saving coupons to use in-store only: http://goo.gl/RYGA6D or order online at www.GerberChildrenswear.com now through 10/8/16 and receive FREE $6 STANDARD SHIPPING on your order. Use promo code BBOXX16FS at checkout.

FUJIFILM’s INSTAX Mini 70 - new mom must-have via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70: Be prepared, you will take lots and lots of pictures of your little one. They grow up so fast and they’re only little once. While I’m all about my cell phone camera, I also like instant pictures.

The INSTAX Mini 70 is the perfect size to have in your diaper bag or out at a party. It also offers selfie mode that automatically adjusts settings for perfect selfies of you and your little one.

Ethan knows that when the camera comes out, it’s time to pose. What was amazing to me, is that despite his constant movement, the pictures don’t come out blurry at all.

@bbuttpaste review via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste: Diaper bag and changing table essential – diaper rash cream. I’m telling you, invest now! I highly recommend Boudreaux’s Butt Paste as it is fast acting without the harsh ingredients. This diaper rash cream is free-from parabens, preservatives, dyes, phthalates and talc and comes in 3 targeted formulas: original (16% zinc oxide), extra strength (40% zinc oxide) and all natural.

So what makes this brand different from the rest? First it’s not thick or sticky, so it won’t stick to your fingers. It looks thick in the tub, but as you apply it, it’s very smooth like a cream. Since it won’t stick to your fingers, it doesn’t stick to baby’s skin either – it simply creates a barrier. Honestly, there is nothing worse than a blowout that also requires you to rub your already irritated baby’s skin because your diaper rash cream is stuck to his body.

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Couldn’t help but show how happy he is… and always moving.

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TempTraq®: This wearable Bluetooth enabled temperature monitor is a Godsend. When your baby is sick, he/she won’t be sitting still long enough for you to take their temp, and if they’re sleeping, the last thing you want to do is to wake them up to check if they have a fever.

This thermometer adheres like a bandaid and sends information to the TempTraq® app that you can download to any Apple or Android phone. The patch is one-time use and good for 24 hours. TempTraq® notifies your smartphone when your child has a fever and also makes it very easy to email all of the data collected, directly to your child’s pediatrician.

Have a tribe of children like myself? The app can monitor multiple TempTraq® patches. (Because when one gets sick, they all get sick!)

Very limited time discount – 10% off when you use code BABBLEBOXX10 on their website.Offer Expires Sept 30, 2016.

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Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

Review of Utopia Spa & Salon in Hawley, PA's spa pedicure via @agirlsgottaspa

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years.

I’ve driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but let me be honest, I never really gave it a second thought based on the outside. I guess you could say, I judged a book by its cover.

Utopia Salon & Day Spa is located on the busy highway of Route 6 in Hawley, it’s also right by an intersection for Wallenpaupack school district and Turkey Hill (where all of those tourists going on Lake Wallenpaupack are gassing up their boats.)

When one of my favorite spas was totally booked, I decided to do a quick search of others in the area. Utopia was the first to pop up. I looked at their menu and saw that they were completely affordable and when they said they could get me in next day, I was stoked.

It was when I pulled into the parking lot that I realized there was a lot more to the building than you could see from the road. When I entered the back of the building, I was taken back by how beautiful it was inside with its local flare of wood floors, stone fireplace and wood beam ceilings. Read more

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Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Discovered @erbaviva organic deodorants through @lillysbathcarry - check out the review on @agirlsgottaspa

Mention “organic deodorant” and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder – Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of?

I’m going to be straight up honest, I’ve never tried organic deodorant before simply because I didn’t think it would have staying power.

After talking with the owner of Lilly’s Bathcarry one day, which in full transparency is an A Girl’s Gotta Spa! retailer, she convinced me that I should give it a shot. She recommended erbaviva, saying it was the best she’s ever used. Now that I’ve tried it myself, I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner. Read more

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Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care

Sponsored by AmLactin: Review of AmLactin Skin Care products for those with dry skin via @agirlsgottaspa

 

We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that’s a definite), knowing who you are and what you want… and then all those lovely skin issues.

Dark spots, wrinkles, and other fun skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and Keratosis Pilaris are exacerbated by dry skin. So what are those of us with aging skin to do? Read more

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Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

Looking for a sulfate free body wash but still want the bubbles? Take a look at these body washes from @agirlsgottaspa @nurturemybody and Lancer.

It’s a common beauty myth – switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun.

But it’s not true. Sure, you won’t be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don’t have to sacrifice the suds if you go sulfate free.

Here are our favorite sulfate-free body washes that will still make you want to hasthag with #treatyoself Read more

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Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe from @willcook4smiles using ingredients inspired by @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus scent

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble.

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe from @willcook4smiles using ingredients inspired by @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus scent

Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I’m Lyuba and I am from Will Cook For Smiles. I am taking over today to show you another sweet way to treat yourself. You already know about spa days, wonderful skin and hair products, but you can’t forget to treat your taste buds and your tummy once in a while too.

I’m sure you already know about Shannon’s bath and body line intended to pamper you. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products are made with all-natural ingredients, they are purely honest, simple, effective, and made in small batches to ensure the best results. In addition to being perfect for your skin, they are also engaging to your senses. Making your skin beautiful and luscious to the touch, it also engages you with an aromatic citrus scent. Read more

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Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Best body washes for acne prone skin via @agirlsgottaspa

Bacne. Something that is often dreaded when the warmer weather hits and you want to ditch the layers.

While I personally haven’t experience body acne, I do have keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs, so I know the feeling of having a skin condition I want to clear up and am often embarrassed by.

There’s a lot of great body washes out there that can help diminish body acne without a prescription and without the uber drying effects of benzoyl peroxide. While that’s an effective ingredient, it just creates a secondary issue for you to have to deal with – dry, flaky skin. No thanks!

Here are 4 body washes that we’ve found work best on body acne (and smell great too!) Read more

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6 Tips to Avoid These Summer Skin Problems




6 tips to avoid these summer skin problems via @agirlsgottaspa

Oh the summer skin care woes. From sunburn to body acne to sun parched skin, we’ve gathered expert tips for how to avoid them from the start.

Perspiration, body acne

Expert Tip:  “To prevent breakouts in the summer, use oil-free moisturizer. During the hotter months skin’s natural oil combined with oil-free moisturizer is enough to keep skin well-hydrated. This trick will also help prevent skin from looking too shiny in the summer.” –Alina Cimpoeru, lead esthetician at The Guerlain Spa Read more

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5 Sun-Kissed Summer Prep Tips For Glowing Skin

6 Sun-kissed summer prep tips for glowing skin via @agirlsgottaspa

If you’re looking to get your skin Summer-ready, read on for tips from spas that give some skin advice you’ll want to start using ASAP.

Inflammation, Environmental Irritant Damage

Tip: The wound healing herb, Calendula, is traditionally known to reduce inflammation and soothe irritation.  Create an at-home face mist, combine dried Calendula flowers and oats in a French press, letting it steep in boiled distilled water for 10 minutes.  Once cool, pour into spray bottle and spritz face liberally for soft and hydrated skin. – Barbara Close, Founder at Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center & Spa Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Partners with Lilly’s Bathcarry

A Girl's Gotta Spa! partners with Lilly's Bathcarry

Lilly’s Bathcarry is an online boutique that has been providing luxurious skincare and scent therapy products to customers since 2002. Lilly’s Bathcarry has a wide selection of indie, emerging and established brands all with the same singular focus – seeking out the best pampering products on the market. Read more

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