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

A Meditation Teacher’s 8 Tips for Better Sleep

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Vole Hair System Review

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

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Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

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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 10/31/2016.

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 Oct 31, 2016.

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5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

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You’ve probably experienced this scenario yourself – you’re in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it’s something simple, like a bath or it’s something a little more dramatic (like chopping your long locks.) Regardless of the act, it suddenly gives you that restoration of spirit you needed and that spring in your step is back.

Happiness and confidence go hand in hand. When I am happy, I feel my most confident and like I can achieve anything. When I’m feeling down, it often feels like my goals are not within reach. We’ve all been there.

So what can you do to give yourself a kick in the pants? You want my honest answer? Self care. Pampering yourself is is the most natural mood booster I know. It’s not selfish by any means, it’s transformative.

Here are 5 tips for pampering yourself to boost your mood (and confidence):

Get a haircut. There’s something therapeutic about cutting off what’s weighing you down while venting to your hairstylist. Other things I love about it – the head massage, the hum of the hair dryer, the eventual amazing hairstyle that I can never duplicate at home.

I recently decided to chop my long hair. It felt like magic and all of the compliments I got just made me feel really, really good. Read more

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Aromatherapy Diffuser: Gurunanda Essential Oils

Gurunanda Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser and essential oils review via @agirlsgottaspa

One of the main things I love about walking into a spa is the calming scent that fills the air. It’s like instant relaxation before your spa treatment has even begun.

When I was younger, my sister used to burn incense sticks. It was all the rage back in the early 90’s. To be honest, I would make fun of her for it. All these years later, I didn’t realize that it was a form of aromatherapy… and now I love it, just in essential oil form.

I recently received the Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, and honestly, I’m so in love.

Some of the benefits of this aromatherapy diffuser: Read more

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Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own.

Get your feet sandal-ready with Amopé™! How-to pedicure. #AmopeCrowd #DoYouAmope #Sponsored

Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals…warmer weather opens the doors to both shed our winter layers and reveal some skin.

Depending on how you look at it, this can be a welcomed change, or something that you dread. I used to be embarassed to wear sandals or my favorite flip-flops out in public. It always seemed that no matter what I did, I could not reign in the cracks on my heels or the dryness on the tops of my toes. (Please tell me I’m not alone.)

Sure an amazing pedicure at one of my favorite local spas would whip my feet into shape, but only for a short time. As much as I enjoy time at the spa, it’s not always in my budget and sometimes I just can’t swing my schedule. So finding the right products to get that spa-worthy pedicure at home is something I’m always on the hunt for and I think I finally found the right mix. Read more

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An Easy Way to Squeeze in Fitness




Zobi fitness review via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m one of those people who truly enjoys working out. I absolutely love how I feel after a workout and actually dread missing my gym time.

There are those times though, when life happens and my hectic schedule just does not allow for driving to the gym and putting in an hour plus long workout.  During those times I still try my best to incorporate some form of fitness into my day, which is where the Zobi comes in very handy. Read more

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Daily Beauty Routine #ad

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received a complimentary product to facilitate this article, but all opinions are my own.

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A set daily beauty routine didn’t really become a habit until I was in my 30s.

When I was a teenager, I didn’t really think long term about caring for my skin. I certainly didn’t look at cause and effect either (not washing your face = congested skin.) In my 20s, it was much of the same with a few adjustments (I knew moisturizer was a must.)

Back in the “olden days” (as my kids like to say), skin care was no frills. We didn’t have sonic cleansers or electronic pedicure files. Paper masks weren’t a thing and SPF definitely wasn’t part of your beauty routine. Read more

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How To Get Date Night Ready #spon

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.

Get your feet date night ready with Amopé via @agirlsgottaspa #AmopeCrowd #spon

The key to a long-lasting relationship is scheduling time together 1:1. It can be really difficult to do, especially when you have a large family like mine.

For my husband and I, spending any quality time together typically means sleeping soundly in the same proximity in 2 hour increments until our baby wakes up for his feeding. So when we have the opportunity to actually go on a date OUT OF THE HOUSE? I am all about making sure I look great. (When you look good, you feel even better after all.) Read more

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Why Oral Health is Important #Listerine

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine

Is your mouth on your side? A healthy mouth improves confidence in your personal endevours! via @agirlsgottaspa #Listerine Sponsored

Is your mouth on your side?

Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may be surprised to learn that it also impacts your career opportunities, confidence and relationships with others.

Two people in my life immediately come to mind when it comes to how the state of their mouth affected their confidence – my son and my husband.

While my son Duncan has always conducted good oral care, he had bucked teeth for a while due to sucking on his hand (vs thumb sucking) since the time he was an infant. Eventually Duncan stopped smiling for pictures and soon enough, he felt that other kids didn’t like him because of his teeth. This led to a lot of self esteem issues. Once he was able to get braces, his smile returned and his social relationships have improved.

My husband admittedly never had a good oral care routine, which led him to have poor oral health issues like gingivitis, loss of some teeth and cavities. This, too, led him to have self confidence issues and he rarely opens his mouth when he smiles. Sometimes people have mistakenly taken this the wrong way and think that he’s in a bad mood or just doesn’t care. It’s amazing how people perceive things due to our smile. Although he has put a routine into place, he can’t reverse the damage already done and often reminds the kids just how important good oral care is from a young age. Read more

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Back to College with Schick® #Sponsored

Back to college with @quattroforwomen via @agirlsgottaspa #sponsored

As I’m about to have a baby in a week, I can’t help but think about how, two years from now, we’ll be making another transition with our family – my oldest will be going to college. It’s hard to believe that while I’ll still be changing diapers with one child, I’ll be sending off another into the world.

It reminds me of this time 23 years ago, I was preparing to start college life. Seems like a lifetime ago and I’m sure my kids would chime in that it was “back in the olden days.” But what held true back then, still holds true now. Confidence is everything when beginning a new venture. Would you agree? Read more

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Pre-Natal Massage at The Lodge at Woodloch

Pre-natal massage review of @lodgeatwoodloch via @agirlsgottaspa

Your aching back, your swollen cankles, your sore shoulders… if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, I’m sure you can relate.

There’s so many things to look forward to with your impending arrival, but feeling like your body is falling apart is not one of them. As someone who absolutely loves her spa massages, pre-natal massage was something I was curious about since massage during pregnancy can have some unwanted side effects (especially if you are considered high risk, like myself.)

Before heading to your local spa to indulge in a pre-natal massage, make sure that the therapist is trained in pre-natal. There’s pressure points, etc. that are to be avoided during pregnancy because they can trigger contractions (some even say pre-term labor.) And there are certain essential oils you should stay away from. You should also get the all clear with your doctor/mid-wife first, as well. Read more

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