Great Hair Everyday … With A Newborn?!

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I recently read a blog post written by my friend Mal where she outlined her Seven Tips to Survive Postpartum Recovery. Number Two (and my favorite) on her list was to “Take a shower every day. No Excuses.” I know, I know, basic hygiene is always important … but one of the things that is starting to terrify me the most when I stop and think about Michaela’s estimated arrival time (T-MINUS 4 WEEKS, PEOPLE!) is how in the heck I’m going to “do it all” once she’s here. Changing out of yoga pants and having great hair everyday might be a struggle at first … but I’m most worried about the basic everyday “things” that currently take up my day like working from home, making sure that Brutus gets a walk in, that the laundry gets done, and that I somehow manage to throw together something decent and palatable on clean plates each night … ya know what I’m saying?!

When so much of a new mom’s day-to-day is dedicated to feeding/clothing/keeping warm/keeping dry/keeping alive a newborn, I can already understand how easy it might be to lose yourself in the shuffle. After reading Mal’s post, I’ve decided that my one and only personal goal in the days and weeks after Michaela’s birth is to take a shower every day and to take a few minutes out of the 1,440 minutes in a day to pull myself together without feeling guilty. That might sound a little vain to some … but to me, it’s important to do what I can to feel my best because I think at the end of the day, feeling good about myself will make me a better wife and mamma, too.

conair q3 and curl secret

I recently picked up a couple of new hair tools at Walmart that are going to continue to be invaluable to me after Michaela’s birth for the reason listed, and with holiday shopping officially in full swing (Happy Black Friday, y’all!) I thought today would be the perfect day to share my love for these two items in case you’ve been racking your brain trying to come up with the perfect gift for yourself or the new mom or BFF in your life :)

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The Infinity Pro by Conair® 3Q Brushless Motor Dryer is A-Mazing! My hair has usually been left pretty knotty in the past after using other hair dryers, but since I’ve been using the 3Q, I’ve found that my hair dries without being dried out. The 3Q has the equivalent of a 2000 watt professional dryer, ionic technology that provides up to 75% less frizz, and titanium ceramic technology and infrared heat that gently dries hair without torching it … which is super important to me #1. because my hair is currently short and #2. Because I #HeartMyHair and don’t want to be walking around looking like I accidentally put my finger into an electrical socket ;)

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The Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret uses tourmaline-ceramic technology to help reduce the amount of frizz in your hair, and it gently draws your hair into the chamber leaving you with a headful of soft curls in minutes. This innovative tool is like nothing that I have ever used before to create those natural “messy hair don’t hair” curls (AKA “beach curls”), and I’m relieved that I’ll never find myself getting frustrated with my flat iron, curling iron, or curling wand ever again while trying to obtain this look that I love.

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Do you have any tips or tricks or advice for getting “it all” done?
I have 4ish weeks to figure it out, and need all the help that I can get ;)


Break It Down Now

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been looking forward to Thanksgiving for well over a month now. The feast that my grandmother prepares for our family is hands down my absolute favorite meal of the year … and while our family gathering is going to be a little bit different from years past, we have SO much to sit around the table with one another and give thanks for this year.

My family’s plan for Thursday is to wake up early and go visit my dad at the hospital in Boston until around 2PM, then drive back to Western Mass for dinner at my grandmother’s home around 4pm. My little brother Anthony and I have been doing quite a bit of cooking and baking together lately, and he asked if we could be in charge of the desserts this year. Anthony specifically requested the quintessential homemade pumpkin and apple pies, along with chocolate brownies (because apparently brownies were a “thing” in 1621?) … and while we were gathering all of the ingredients for these treats during our last Walmart trip, I also grabbed a pre-made Mrs. Smith’s Cherry Pie to save us a few minutes in the kitchen.

Obviously, the one and only bag that slipped out of my hand and crashed onto the tile floor when we were carrying the bags in from the car had the frozen cherry pie in it (because things like this happen to me on the regular!) … and yep – a portion of the pie’s crust had totally cracked. I decided to forego the cherry pie for Thursday’s feast and instead think outside of the box to figure out a unique way to serve the pie at home this past weekend … and now I wish that I had waited to attempt this little recreation, because it was a hit!

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Treat ‘Yo Feet with an At Home Pedicure

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Truth be told, I’ve never been one of those girls who goes for a bi-weekly or monthly pedicure. I danced my entire life, studying and then instructing mostly barefoot through my late teens and early twenties, and calluses were like a badge of honor that kept my feet from going raw when leaping and turning from class to class. Getting a splash of polish was pointless because it would scrape right off, and I guess I just never really got into the habit of taking care of my feet (that sounds so gross, huh?!). Even now with my dancing days behind me, I really cannot justify spending $30something dollars on something that I can easily do by myself at home, and my trips to the nail salon are usually reserved for a summer wedding or beach vacation.

Obviously the “ease” in giving myself a full pedi at home has become a bit difficult with the basketball 35 week old baby that’s currently taking up temporary residency in my belly, but man oh man have the weekly Epsom salt baths that I’ve been indulging in these past few weeks been such a lovely treat for my feet throughout this final trimester.

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