I have to admit, I try and change products ALL the time – these are my CURRENT must haves that I’ve been using daily since pregnant. I’ve had to cut down a lot of products in my routine but will be adding them back once my bundle of joy arrives! I also MISS my hydra-facials.
6. Bio oil – I use this from my neck down to my toes TWICE a day, I swear my skin has never felt so good. I’ll be using this from now on, even after my pregnancy. Personally I think it’s WAY better than lotion.
This post is sponsored by Head & Shoulders. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
You all know by now that taking care of my skin with a proper skin routine is so important to me, especially during the hot and dry summer months, when your skin can take a huge hit.
However, when you take regular care of your skin, are you remembering to take care of your scalp as well? Most people forget that your scalp is part of your skin, too!
Healthy skin is head to toe and starts with the proper care of your scalp. Without a healthy scalp, you won’t have healthy hair. That’s why I use Head & Shoulders, the first-ever hair care brand to win a Skin Care Beauty Award!
Did you know that under every day stressors such as life
changes (hello pregnancy!), working out, pollution and other environmental
factors can damage your scalp’s skin thus impacting your hair quality? Until
recently, I didn’t know either!
Taking regular care of your scalp is SO important. Head
& Shoulders has been a staple in my home since I was in middle school.
Until recently, many held the misconception that Head & Shoulders a men’s
care product. Even though Head & Shoulders was never specific to men’s
care, they’ve changed their formula and have continued to emphasize that scalp
care is an important step in skincare routines for everyone.
I use Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Scalp Moisturizing Conditioner to keep up my healthy hair for years to come, because it all starts with your scalp! When used together, they can wash away up to 70% of the dandruff fighting ingredients, rejuvenating roots, detoxifying your scalp, restoring balance, moisturizing, neutralizing skin and soothing your scalp!
When my hair needs an extra reboot, I use Head & Shoulders Detoxifying Pre-Wash Mask or their Root Rejuvenating Pre-Wash Mask depending on what my hair is most in need of! The Detoxifying Mask with eucalyptus and mint deep cleans your scalp by lifting away impurities caused by product build-up and the aforementioned every day stressors to refresh and restart your scalp. The Rejuvenating wash with tea tree extract works to invigorate your roots and helps to purify and restore your scalp for visibly healthy hair! Both masks are under $2 and really help me to maintain my hair’s natural glow and health!
If you’re looking to change up your skincare routine, start
with Head & Shoulders. I’m so glad I’ve incorporated scalp care into my
regular routine, because your scalp IS skin!
Like most women, I am so attached to my hair. Over styling, using too many harsh products and not protecting your hair, especially during the summer months, leads to hair damage including loss of shine, dryness, breakage and dandruff.
There’s nothing worse than an itchy, dry scalp, and there’s nothing better than healthy hair and skin! Start with Head & Shoulders to get soft, smooth hair that starts with the regular maintenance of your scalp!
Do you remember to take regular care of your scalp? Let me know in the comments below!
I did a huge haul in June and these are just a few I was able to shoot and also some didn’t make the cut. I never will share items that aren’t good quality, only the items I love. Everything I’m posting ISN’T maternity, I just found items that work for BOTH stages in life! Also at the bottom of this blog post is a $200 Amazon Giftcard giveaway!!! 🙂
My Current Stats: 5’7″ – 155lbs – 6 months pregnant.
Ok, so I first posted this dress on my Instagram stories and I was in AWE. Not only is the material comfortable, it’s NOT see through, its thick enough where your underwear doesn’t show…IN LOVE. I went back online and bought the white, grey and baby blue. HA. I’m ordering 3 more colors as I type this. If you get anything you have to buy this. Wearing my normal size Medium.
Summer nights can be chilly, and having a lightweight sweatshirt in your closet is perfect for cool summer nights! This Universal Threads crewneck is the perfect spring to summer wardrobe staple and comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns! I picked up this yellow one in a size large for a more oversized fit, but could have worn a medium!
If it’s cute and lightweight, I’m buying it! This patchwork print blue maxi is perfect for any summer events that you’re going to. The square neck with tiered detailing and tie straps make this maxi far from ordinary! I’m wearing a size medium, my usual size, and fits comfortably even with the bump!
These are the perfect shorts for summer! The coral color is a fun summer color and the high waist with ruffle detailing is super cute. I got these in a size large because of the bump, but could have done a medium!
This denim wash romper is SO cute! This might be my favorite piece from my Target haul. Buyer beware, it runs large! I’m wearing a size small and it fits like a medium. This romper would be perfect for any events you have coming up this summer!
You all know I’m a sucker for animal print! This top is perfect for any kind of occasion, whether it’s in the office with a blazer or cardigan, a night out with the girls, or just day-to-day! A versatile piece in your closet is a must and I love that this top can be worn in every season. I’m wearing a size large because of the bump but could have worn a medium!
This bikini isn’t from this particular Target haul, but I wore this on my recent trip to Austin, TX and got SO many compliments on it! It’s super comfortable and has a very flattering fit. I’m wearing a size large due to the bump but usually, I am a size medium!
This bikini not only looks cute, but feels amazing! The stripes have a towel-like texture to them and are so soft. I like how the stripes are vertical so it has a very slimming effect. I am also wearing a size large in this bikini but am usually a size medium!
This dress is a perfect spring to summer transition piece! I definitely plan on wearing this to a summer barbeque this year and it’s very lightweight and comfortable. I’m wearing my normal size of a medium!
Everyone needs a hot pink bikini in their summer swimsuit lineup! I found this hot pink bikini and knew I had to have it. I’m wearing a size large and it fits perfectly for pregnancy, but am usually a size medium!
I saw this dress as I was checking out so I did not purchase this in store because they sold out of my size , however, I plan purchase online yesterday! This dress is SO cute! It would be perfect for any special events you may be attending this summer such as a wedding and is the perfect midi length. I would order my normal size of a medium!
This black and white striped bodycon tank dress is another one of my favorites from this haul! It’s perfect for summer and SO comfortable! I love how it can be dressed up or down depending on the weather or whatever you’re doing that day! I am wearing my usual size of a medium!
I haven’t shopped at H&M in forever and now I’m regretting that, haha. I found so many cute items. I will show you below my favorites, I tried on more but I didn’t like the quality. Also linked other finds that are online!
My stats: 5’7″ – 150 lbs (6 months pregnant) My normal size is a US 6/M, I will show you below what sizes I’m actually wearing.
I had a lot of requests to share some of my favorite swimwear, accessories, cover ups and more. All affordable and under $40. **I will list the size Im wearing below, I’m normally a Medium. #5monthspregnant
Diving into it with my must have one-pieces:
Leopard Print! I’m wearing a size L. Shop HERE. $34.99 Sizes XS-XL
Watermelon & Flamingo Print, I saw this and knew it was me, haha.
I can’t wait until the summer time to lay out by the pool and go on vacation and bring a good book with me and just relax. Putting your phone down and unwinding with a book is one of my favorite things to do!
Lately, I have been loving thrillers. Laying in bed with my favorite sparkling water (Ya know, preggo trying to spice up what I drink) and reading a thriller! I’m always in bed at night going “OMGosh!!!” and Carl laughs cause I’m so into what I’m reading.
The best is when a book is so good you just can’t put it down! Here are some favorites that I’ve read recently that are all available for quick shipping! Each book is linked!
This story is about an investigator who is tasked with finding a mother and her son who mysteriously disappear. In order to find them, Clare, the investigator, goes to the town where they vanished from disguising herself as the mother’s best friend to get some answers. She soon learns that everyone is hiding something and the answers she finds were not what she was expecting.
Another missing person’s tale, Girl Last Seen, is about a little girl who goes missing outside of her elementary school. The narrator soon realizes the photo of this missing little girl could be her! There are two missing girls, thirteen years apart and now their stories have too many similarities. This is a psychological thriller that will hook you from page one!
This thriller is about a parent on a quest to find their runaway daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to her abusive boyfriend and doesn’t want to be found. But when she’s found in Central Park, she’s a completely different person. I was hooked from the first page!
The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad- Order HERE
If you’ve read The Silent Girls, you must read this book! It’s a sequel and just as good, if not better. This story is about college student Rachel Rath who feels as if she’s being watched. A side glance reveals this man looks like the same person who killed her mother and father. Detective Frank Rath, Rachel’s uncle, adopted her after the murder, and when other girls in the town go missing and are found murdered, it becomes all too real.
Louise is a single mom who just got a new job. While she’s out one night, she meets and hits it off with a man who turns out to be her new boss. She then meets the boss’ wife, Adele, and puts the pieces together. These people are hiding some secrets, and Louise is determined to find out what is going on.
If you’re a big book to movie person like myself, this is the book for you! The Woman in the Window is soon to be a major motion picture and is a number one bestseller. Taking place in New York City, this book is about a woman named Anna who spends a little too much time in her apartment, giving her ample time to spy on her neighbors. When the Russell family moves in, her spying one night leads her to see something she probably shouldn’t have and she has a hard time distinguishing between imaginary and reality.
This book is about Naomi, dubbed “the child finder” due to her knack for locating missing children. When little Madison Culver disappears during her family’s Christmas tree chopping outing, the Culvers turn to Naomi to help find their missing daughter. During her pursuit to find Madison, Naomi slowly begins to uncover the secrets of her own life. This book alternates between Madison and Naomi’s voices so it can become confusing, but is so worth the the read! **My number ONE**
This blog post is sponsored by Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ralph Lauren’s “Romance” is the perfect scent for a romantic occasion. With Valentine’s Day coming up, gift yourself or your partner this gorgeous scent that is sure to bring out your sultry side! There’s nothing that makes me feel sexier than a gorgeous outfit and a beautiful scent to compliment it.
During Carl and I’s belated honeymoon to Aruba, I made sure to pack Ralph Lauren’s Romance fragrance along with me. The scent evokes notes of floral and citrus that smells romantic and of a special occasion, perfect for a honeymoon.
I first wore this perfume out to a nice dinner with Carl in Aruba. It made me feel sexy and fresh heading to beautiful beachside dinner. Sometimes, perfumes can be overpowering; but Ralph Lauren’s Romance is the perfect balance. The scent stayed on all night even by the salty sea water with the fish Carl and I ate for dinner. Not to mention, the bottle is gorgeous and the spritzer distributes the scent on your skin evenly. The large bottle ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy Ralph Lauren’s Romance on many dinner dates and romantic getaways.
Macy’s is my ultimate fragrance destination. With 250 different fragrances available to try, I love experimenting with the different scents and love that Macy’s even has a fragrance quiz online to help you discover your perfect scent that’s just right for you!
Right before Christmas, Caroline and I decided we were both in need of a ‘staycation!’ We decided to head up 495 just about 45 minutes away from my home in Northern Virginia to stay at the Pod Hotel located right in the heart of Chinatown.
We wanted to try something different than the “usual” hotel, and after a few recommendations decided on the Pod Hotel located in Chinatown! The attractive price point of $100 a night for a queen size bedroom made this the most affordable yet luxurious option in the entire city.
The small sized rooms are perfect for those who want to explore the city and are just coming back to get ready for the day and to sleep! Caroline and I each got our own rooms for some extra space and would highly recommend doing so unless you’re traveling with a significant other.
After settling into our rooms, we headed downstairs to the Crimson Diner where we had some light bites before heading out to eat. Perfect for some photo ops, the décor was amazing as was the food! Caroline and I got some chips and pimento cheese dip, onion rings and I got a breakfast meal as it’s served all day long! I also used my 2-for-1 drink tickets provided upon check-in for us to get a cocktail with our appetizers before heading out for the night.
Following our run around the city, we headed downstairs to Pod’s Whiskey Bar which was not only huge but totally packed with city-goers. It seemed like the go-to spot for many locals and provided a cozy yet fun atmosphere, bumping to Spotify’s Hip-Hop 2000’s playlist which is now Caroline and I’s new work playlist!
The next morning, we used our free coffee and donut “tokens” to each get a caffeinated drink and a donut before heading home.
We had a great time at an awesome hotel and would highly recommend staying here! If you’re local or visiting to New York (Brooklyn, Manhattan) or Washington, D.C. any time soon and are looking to affordable options, definitely check out the Pod Hotel on your next stay!