Inspiring Podcasts for Motherhood + Personal Development

Spirit & Soul

Listening to Podcasts has become a part of my everyday routine, so today I’ll be sharing some of my favorites I look forward to throughout my week. There’s nothing like listening to a good piece of advice that leaves you inspired & motivated to evolve.

These are my Top 5:

-The Good Life With Stevie & Sazan

This podcast hosted by one of my favorite couples is probably the one I look forward to the most during the week. If you don’t know who Sazan & Stevie Hendrix are, they are a married couple who have strived their way through the influencer world, and are extremely down to earth with a lot of fun personality. They recently created this podcast to share powerful stories & conversations that will fill you with inspiration. Definitely recommend this podcast to anyone wanting to listen to their “good word of the week!”

-The Purpose Show with Allie Casazza-

I recently discovered this podcast a couple of weeks ago, and I have binge listened to a lot of her episodes ever since! Allie Casazza is a mother of 4 who’s on a mission to change the way motherhood is looked at by sharing minimalism tips to help simplify your life. She also shares her story to uplift any overwhelmed mama, and she shares loads of advice on how to live an abundant life with purpose. If you’re a mama you don’t want to miss out on this podcast!

-Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis-

If y’all don’t know who Rachel Hollis is, stop what you’re doing now, and research who she is on your google bar pronto. Not only did she start and grow her multi-million dollar business from the ground, she is also a mother of four, a top motivational speaker, and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face! Her podcast is filled with wisdom and encouragement, and it targets an audience looking to transform their mindset, personal & business growth! You will appreciate her honesty, and will not be disappointed if you tune in. You will walk away feeling empowered and motivated to conquer just about anything.

-Rise Together Podcast with Rachel Hollis + Dave Hollis-

Okay, so another podcast with Rachel Hollis, BUT this one is with her husband, Dave Hollis. They host this podcast together, and they share plenty stories and experiences that help encourage your marriage to flourish strong and healthy. I find this podcast & their advice to be wise, and I love all the topics they touch on. Definitely a podcast you can relate to and apply to your everyday life if you’re married or in a committed relationship!

-The Real Life Podcast with Jeff & Alyssa Bethke

Wrapping up my Top 5 with one of the first podcasts I ever tuned in to. Jeff and Alyssa are a married couple who share grace and wisdom with their audience. They talk about their faith, parenting, culture, and so much more. This is definitely one of my favorite podcasts as they bring attention to the word of God, and they speak His truth in just about every episode. Check them out if you want to be filled with positivity, faith, and inspiration for personal development.

One thing all of these podcasts share in common that I love, is their faith and love for God. Along with all great things they have to offer in each and every episode, being reminded of the word and His truth keeps me grounded through my week.

I hope some of you found this post useful, and that you all enjoyed it. What piece of advice are you listening to that motivates and inspires you during the week? I’d love to check out any other podcasts you think are worth listening to in the comment section down below!

XO,

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddler Boys

Lifestyle, Motherhood

Spring has officially sprung, and we’re only a couple weeks away from Easter! This makes my second year following this Easter basket tradition for my boys, so I figured I’d post some ideas since I got a few requests regarding so on Instagram last month.

I tend to search for things I know will actually be put to use, and won’t be dumped or forgotten about a day later. Most of the things I found were from the dollar section at Target, excluding the Paint Poster booklets. Those I found at Michaels as well as the natural excelsior to fill the baskets with. (Baskets were found at the Target dollar section back in January, but Michaels has some similar ones linked here.)

Goodies in their Easter basket:

Easter book, Mickey Mouse & Paw Patrol Play Pack Grab & Go, Water Paint Posters, Pj Masks bandaids, Sidewalk chalk, Bunny Ears, Carrot Decoration, Kinder Joy Egg, Hearth and Hand Easter Gifting Toy, and their favorite action figure at the moment.

Now, I will say I was a bit obsessed with Hearth and Hand’s Easter Gifting Collection for kids when I first saw it. So many cute toys that would make the perfect addition for any Easter basket! I went for the Wooden Toy Blocks and the Bunny Pull Along Toy.

You can find the rest of their collection here: Hearth & Hand Easter Gifting Collection

As we all know, Easter isn’t actually based on some bunny, and the true reason behind it all is Jesus’ resurrection. I knew for sure I wanted to add a book in each one of their baskets, so I ended up going with something that would help my boys learn the true celebration of Easter.

Books to the left were found at Hobby Lobby, and The Story of Easter is from Target.

Other Spring Books we’ve enjoyed over the last couple of weeks:

We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

The Little Rabbit

The Week That Led To Easter

When Springs Comes

I hope you found some of these Easter basket ideas helpful, and I wish you all a great Easter weekend with your loved ones!

XO,

Favorite Spring Fashion Staples (+Trends) – 2019

Fashion

My favorite season is finally upon us, and it’s finally starting to feel like Spring where I live! (Insert all the party emojis here). Sharing some of my favorite staples this year, and linking some of my favorite items I cannot wait to wear. Bring on the warmer weather and say hello to everything neutral + pastel, pretty stripes & floral prints, sandals, mules, & espadrilles, and hello straw everything! In case you couldn’t already tell, I am soo excited to bring this post to the blog in celebration of Spring.

A few things awaiting me in the closet as we read, and a couple things I found similar to what I already own:

  1. Lack of Color- Palma Fedora
  2. Gigi Pip- Floppy Straw Hat
  3. Zara- Heeled Espadrilles
  4. Zara- Natural Rope Bag
  5. Steven – Natural Slides

Not a whole lot has changed over here, neutral palette forever holding the key to my heart no matter the season, and also loving light blues and pastels this Spring. Along with the previous years’ fashion trends- espadrilles, stripes, florals, and straw (all things natural), make a comeback and are still a total win in my book. You can also find the snake print trend everywhere you turn, but if I’m being honest, it’s not really my vibe (at least not at the moment). Aside from that, anything with a slight touch of feminine or anything boho brings a smile to my face!

Bottoms:

Being that I’m very pregnant now, I am loving and living in linen pants. Love the long & wide loose fit at the ankles, and also loving the more capri style linen pants. Linking a couple that I love and have worn multiple times already.

Old Navy Linen Pants: here

Old Navy Linen Pants: here

Accessories:

Quay x Desi High Key Mini: here

H&M Leather Belt: here

H&M Cap: here

ViciCollection:

Neutral Cotton Dress: here

White Cotton Button Down Top: here

Floral Top: here

Now tell me, what are some of YOUR favorite trends/staples this year?

I hope you enjoyed some of the staple pieces I shared with you all, & make sure to stay tuned for a post on my boys’ Easter Baskets if you’re interested!

XO,

Current Favorite Skincare Products

Beauty

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite beauty skincare products I have been loving lately! I find these products essential in my skincare routine, I had to share here on the blog.

Summer Fridays R+R Mask

I shared this mask after the first couple of tries after receiving it in the mail, and I’m still using it constantly throughout my week. Loving the scent, the glow from within look, and how silky my skin feels after each use.

The Ordinary -Hyaluronic Acid

I recently branched out in trying this brand, and I am so impressed with how well this product works and how incredibly affordable their stuff is! I love applying this serum along with another right after toning my face. This serum applies so nicely and slides smoothly on the skin while giving my skin the hydration that it needs. I’ve yet to try any of their other products, but I sure won’t hesitate to branch out whenever I’m in need of adding another product to my regimen. Definitely recommend checking The Ordinary out, their products are extremely affordable and they also have great reviews online!


Olehenriksen Banana Eye Creme

Absolutely looove this eye creme! So hydrating and moisturizing for the under eyes. It helps with de-puffing, and even though my dark circles aren’t completely gone, they’ve never looked better. This eye creme is definitely a staple in my skincare regimen!

Fresh- Sugar Lip Treatment

I got this lip treatment as a birthday gift from Sephora last year, and wow. So good! I love how soft, moisturizing, soothing, and healthy my lips look and feel after applying this lip treatment. I love wearing it on a daily basis, especially on my no makeup-makeup days, it gives just the perfect amount of color to the lips, and it’s quite long-lasting.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder

I have to give a quick shoutout to this brow powder and include it in this post even though it’s not really a skincare product. I go back between the ABH Brow Wiz, and a couple weeks ago I ran out and I went back to the brow powder duo. I’ve always preferred the powder over any pencil as it gives a more natural look to the brows. I use the color Medium Brown, and I’m obsessed!

And that concludes my most current favorites, I hope you enjoyed! Leave any of your current favorites in the comment section if you have any you’d like to share, I’d love to hear all about them (:

XO,

Gender Reveal!! – Baby No.4

Motherhood

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and we are having a….

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I’ll be honest and admit that it took me a couple of days to process the fact that we are expecting another baby boy. I was honestly shocked and I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears, even though I felt in my heart what was finally confirmed the day of our ultrasound. Another boy!! My goodness, we’re about to have our hands completely full this upcoming summer.

4 beautiful little boys. Mama’s boys might I add! I’m excited for all the nesting I see happening in my near future, and I can’t wait to go through all of Max’s hand me downs! I’m thinking of skipping the baby shower this time around since we’ve pretty much got all the baby must-haves already. We’re still on the hunt for a name for our baby boy, but I definitely want it to be unique & bilingual!

Baby is looking strong and healthy, and that’s all that truly matters. We’re so happy to bring this baby into the world, and we can’t wait to meet him! Only 17 more weeks to go!

XO,

A Day In Palm Springs

Lifestyle, Travel

We moved out of the Coachella Valley towards the end of last year, yet we find ourselves back there a lot of the time. We visit our family pretty often, and sometimes we enjoy a nice day out doing some of the things we love most.

A couple weekends ago, our 2 littlest ones stayed the weekend over at my parents, and we had such a nice little day date with our firstborn.

We started our morning with some delicious brunch at one of my favorite little spots in Palm Springs, FARM. If you’ve yet to try it and if you’re ever in town, it’s a definite must try. Soo good, and the scenery is just beautiful.

My usual is a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with a lemonade on the side. So delicious!

After brunch we decided to hit up one of Desert X’s locations, and it was pretty cool to say the least.

If you’re not familiar with Desert X, it’s an annual art exhibition displayed throughout the Coachella Valley by many artists who create and showcase some pretty rad -but amazing- art.

You can find a map with all of Desert X’s locations: here

We ended our day with some dinner and ice cream with my brother in law, and we finally stopped at the Palm Springs windmills to get a quick pic right before heading back home. The Valley holds a special place in my heart, and I will forever be in awe with its beauty. So glad my husband & I were able to spend some much needed one on one time with our firstborn, we sure made it a memorable day.

See you all in my next post, gender reveal coming soon! (:

XO,

5 Ways to Unplug and Recharge

Spirit & Soul

Hello friends and welcome back! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to unplug and recharge those batteries of mine. It’s always so important to remind yourself to slow down once in a while, and unwind.

“Disconnect to Connect” -Anonymous

Starting with my favorite – Reading

I’ll be honest and admit that I recently picked up reading again a little over a year ago. And ever since, I’ve really enjoyed going to the book store and picking up a book or two to feed my soul with whatever is speaking to me at the moment. We’ve just entered March, and I’m halfway into my second book of the year. Setting my phone to the side, and reading a chapter (or a few pages) a day gives me a quick sense of the rest I need, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Currently reading Preach To Yourself by Hayley Morgan

Now, I find this one very important – Social Media Breaks

At the beginning of February, I took a very much needed break from Instagram. What was only supposed to be a weekend thing, ended up turning into an entire week’s break, and it felt so nice to disconnect from the media world. In order to disconnect and catch a break to reflect & and get re-inspired, a social media break is crucial, especially if you’re an influencer. Consuming so much of other people’s lives can sometimes lead to false assumptions & realities, and it’s always nice to remind yourself of your “why” and your purpose. If you’ve never had a social media break, I strongly recommend you take one every once in a while. You’ll come back feeling better than ever!

Quiet Time

I’ve mentioned this a couple times already, but quiet time in the mornings helps me focus & silence all distractions trying to steer me in the wrong direction. Journaling, meditating, praying, reading a devotional or the word, is an awesome way to start the morning. Set your phone to the side for the first hour or two, and enjoy a little quiet time to yourself before starting the day.

Pursue Your Passion/Pick Up a Hobby

We get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we sometimes forget to pursue that passion or hobby of ours. Find the time to pursue what you love, or pick up a new hobby if you don’t already have one. I love everything photography, so I really enjoy getting creative with shooting content and editing. Maybe you love to run marathons, or maybe you enjoy painting, whatever “sparks joy in your life”, do it! This is a great way to release those daily worries and stress.

And last but not least- Have a “YOU” day

Go on a coffee run by yourself, take a walk around your neighborhood, or go on a hike with your spouse or a friend. Find the beauty in simplicity. Whatever that looks like for you, take a day for yourself and spend your day worry-free and do something you’ve been longing for. Weekend road trips and brunch dates with my mom are some of my favorite things to do when I need a little pick-me-up.

If you made it this far, I hope you enjoyed this post! And remember,

“You can’t pour from an empty cup”

May you find the time to unwind and may you have a wonderful week!

XO,

Summer Fridays’ Review

Beauty

Hey all! Today I’m sharing some of my few favorite skincare products from Summer Fridays I happen to use often throughout my week. 3 different products that I love for different reasons.

If you’re not familiar with the brand (Summer Fridays), they’re a new beauty care brand who’s quickly rising their way up to the top. They started with their awesome Jet Lag Face Mask, and after hearing so much hype about it over the internet, I decided to give it a go. I love using this mask in the morning to give my skin the boost & plump it needs to wake up. I apply my daily-use toner to cleanse my skin from overnight, and then I go in with the mask next. I leave it on for a couple hours as I make my bed, feed my children, etc. until I finally rinse it off in the shower. I’ve also heard other influencers mention they love to use this mask as a moisturizer prior to applying their makeup, and also love wearing overnight. I appreciate its many different wears, my favorite just happens to be used as a skin plumper in the mornings.

Their second product, Overtime Mask, was launched some time around Fall, I believe. I love to use this mask in the shower, I exfoliate my skin & leave it on for approximately 10-15 mins before rinsing off. You can proceed with applying the Jet Lag Face Mask right after, but I do have a skincare regimen I follow, so feel free to follow whatever works best for you. I mentioned this mask in my Holiday Gift Guide, and I’ll mention its pumpkin scent once again, A-mazing! I love that this mask works as a great exfoliator and mask in one. I use it regularly as a part of my skincare regimen (3 times a week or so).

And lastly, their most recent product, R+R Mask. The perfect mask for this upcoming Spring that has the loveliest scent. I’ve used it a few times since it came in the mail, and this mask leaves my skin feeling so soft and radiant after using! Mask is suggested to cleanse off with a damp wash cloth, allowing you to pat its residue oils into the skin. It truly gives you that glow you’re looking for, especially during these cold winter days.

Summer Fridays has become one of my favorite skincare brands, and I’m excited to see all that they have in store for any future launches. If you’ve yet to try one of their products and you’re on the fence about whether the hype is real or not, I hope this quick review sums it up for you!

What are some of your favorite skincare regimen products? I’d love to know!

Talk to you all soon!

XO,

Creating Habits For a More Productive Day

Spirit & Soul

As a stay at home mom, it can be very easy to get side tracked if I don’t plan out my day and manage my time wisely. Today, I’m sharing 7 habits I love to follow at the start of my day to help me get organized, and help me stay focused and motivated throughout my day. I hope that you guys like this, and that it’s helpful to some of you wanting to implement a new routine at the start of your day!

Pray/Meditate

First and foremost, I like to start my day with a prayer. There is no better feeling than waking up with thanksgiving, and spending your first few minutes with The Lord. Some days I say a quick prayer, and others I dive deep into my devotional book and I spend a few minutes reading the word.

Make. The. Bed

Making the bed is so important to me. Having a bed made sets the tone for the day I want to have, and it gives me that extra push to get things done. If you’re not one who makes the bed every day, wake up tomorrow morning and get it done, you’ll see the huge difference it makes in your day!

Unplug From The World

NO social media first thing in the morning. This habit in particular has changed my entire day in ways you can’t even imagine. Block out the noise and dedicate those first few hours to yourself, and allow yourself to focus on what’s most important. I happen to get the most done in the morning right before I even jump on social media.

Set Goals For the Day – Write it Down!

Whether you prep your entire month by writing everything down on your planner or not, setting goals for the day helps you stay organized, and it helps as a reminder of what needs to get done that day. I can’t seem to function without writing down my plans for the day. I split my to-do’s into 3 different sections – my morning, afternoon, and my night. This helps me out tremendously! If you don’t already, write it down!

Planner & Daily Notepad by: Horacio Printing

Shower/ Get Ready

I know I’m only stating the obvious, but as a SAHM it is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily chores, that if I’m being honest, we tend to shower late at night most of the time (hashtag mom life). Showering and getting out of my pjs changes my mood & sets a different tone for my day. Make it a priority to get ready before starting your day!

Feed Your Soul Wisdom and Knowledge

Those that know me, know that my family and I recently moved an hour away from the place we once called home. With that being said, it can get pretty lonely considering that my only friends in town are an eight, a four, and two year old. During the weekdays I love to listen to my favorite podcasts, worship music, read, and even watch or listen to church services online. Feeding my soul with the truth is essential, and they make my week that much better. Read a book that speaks to your soul, find a podcast that’s relatable to your lifestyle, or find a motivational speaker you enjoy listening to.

REST- Go to Bed Early

These days I truly enjoy going to bed early. Come 9, 10 o’clock, I’m ready for bed. I find that when I get the most rest at night, the more energy I have in the morning, and the better mood I wake up in. Turn off the TV, and give your brain the rest it needs so you can recharge as much as you can before the following morning. Another habit I want to take on within the next couple of weeks, is getting a head start before the kids are up and running. Going to bed early at night is preparing me for this next habit I want to include in my routine.

Having a routine is so important for us mamas, and even if you aren’t a parent, routines will always keep us grounded. Of course there are times that I fall off track, but I always go back to following these habits because they allow me to be the best version of myself. Maybe you like to get a work out in the morning, or maybe you like to start your day with a cup of coffee. Either way, I am rooting for you, find what works best for YOU. If you don’t have a routine of habits set in motion already, I hope that you were able to take a thing or two from this post. I wish you all a happy week, and I will see you all on the next one!

XO,


Holiday Gift Guide! – 2018

Lifestyle

Hey all! It has been a long minute since I’ve blogged and I’ll fill ya in as to why I haven’t done so in another post, but today I’m bringing you all a Holiday Gift Guide for those that have yet found a gift for those we love!

For starters, let’s talk about the special women in our life.. Mom, mother in law, sister, cousin, best friend, aunt, you name it, I got you covered. Pulling a few of my favorite items this season I thought would make perfect as gifts!

Gifts For Her

Horacio Print 2019 Planner:

I recently got a few items from Horacio Print that have been quite life changing, and I wanted to share a planner that would be perfect for the more-organized woman in your life. They have 3 different select styles of their planners, and they are AMAZING. You totally have to check them out if you’re in need of one, or you know someone who would love one. I can’t wait to fill mine up this coming year!

Planner: Here

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask: 

Y’all. This mask has been my favorite this season! It smells like the holidays & leaves your skin feeling amazing after rinsing. Pumpkin scented but not to the point where it’s overwhelming, and it refreshens & rejuvenates your skin in a matter of minutes. Definitely recommend checking this mask out!

SF Overtime Mask: Here

MatchMaven Crossbody Bag:

One of my favorite mamas I follow on IG launched her business and released her very first product recently! This beautiful crossbody bag/clutch she designed herself is the simplest but most beautiful statement bag I never knew I needed! Linking it for y’all to check out because everyone needs a go-to bag when running errands to help carry all your must have essentials. Now, it’s only available for pre-order, but in the meantime, she will send you a free Christmas card you can place under the tree as the person you’re gifting to awaits its arrival. Comes in beige & black!

Beige Crossbody Bag: here

Poppy Bracelet by Made By Mary:

One of my favorite jewelry pieces at the moment. I picked one up for myself and 2 other people in my life. Loving the simplicity & minimalistic look this bracelet gives.

Bracelet: here

Yeti Mug:

The perfect mug for the mom who’s coffee always gets cold because hello, mom duties. With this mug, there is no reheating needed as it keeps your coffee hot long enough for you to actually finish it.

Mug: here

Slippers and Eye Mask Set:

You can’t go wrong with gifting anything from the Hearth and Hand collection. Love how cozy and cute this set is.

Slippers Set: here

Jesus Calling Devotional Book:

One of my favorite purchases this year was a devotional book by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling. With the new year coming in no time, I thought it’d be the perfect gift since there’s a devotion to be read for every day of the year.

Jesus Calling: here

Girl, Wash Your Face (Book):

One of my favorite reads this year! Such a great inspirational book for any woman. If you haven’t read this book yet, make sure to get yourself a copy too!

Book: here

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For Him

Keeping it very simple for the guys, and giving a few ideas other than the usual – tools, boxers, portable speaker, etc.

Backpack: 

Perfect for travel, and even work.

Link: here

Yeti Rambler: 

Your perfect to-go coffee cup, keeping your coffee nice and warm on the go.

Link: here

Slippers: 

Idk about y’all, but if I don’t buy my husband slippers for the winter season, he won’t bother to get himself a pair. This makes such a perfect gift for the men in our lives.

Link: here

AE Hoodie:

Can’t go wrong with a hoodie as a gift, ever. They’re cozy, and I’m loving the neutral tones in this particular hoodie. Oh, AND it’s on sale, hollaaaa.

Link: here

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-For the kiddos-

For Them

I put together a mixture of educational flash cards and fun play things.

Teepee: 

My boys have this one, and we love how fun and spacious it is.

Link: here

        Scripture ABC Flash Cards:

The most beautiful flash cards I’ve ever seen. Love the beautiful scriptures on each card.

Link: here 

Hearth And Hand Farmhouse:

This would be such a great playhouse for a little girl! I don’t have any of my own, but if I did, best believe it’d be on the Christmas list!

Link: here

Jesus Calling Devotional for Kids:

I love this devotional for older kids. Brings them closer to God, and each devotional is worded in a way they’re able to understand.

Link: here

    Kids Play Kitchen:

This play kitchen is perfect for any little girl or boy. You can always DIY to give it some cool upgrades!

Link: here

Learning Flashcard Set:

These flashcard sets are awesome to help improve and learn ABC’s, colors, and shapes! Perfect for your little one.

Link: here

BeyBlade Stadium: 

My firstborn has been asking for this Beyblade stadium for months, so I figured I had to include it for the moms with older little boys. Apparently, these beyblade toys are a hit, and are very popular at the moment.

Link: here

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Hope you guys were able to get a few ideas off of this gift guide, and I wish you all the happiest of Holidays! Talk to you all soon!

XO,Signature

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