Finding the best mascara can be so hard! I always want a mascara that makes my lashes look thick and long, which isn’t an easy thing to find. A couple of tricks that I’ve learned that help with this is though to use a really great primer (this one is my favorite and it makes such a big difference), and to also use more than one mascara (Benefit They’re Real! Mascara and Benefit Roller Lash Mascara are amazing together). Here are my favorites that are both budget friendly and a bit of a splurge:
Best budget friendly mascaras
L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara (current favorite)
Essence I Love Extreme Mascara
Maybelline The Colossal Mascara
Best splurge mascaras
IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (current favorite)
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
What’s your favorite mascara?
Finding the perfect button down shirt is really hard for me because they never fit quite right! I usually have an issue with the buttons not fitting correctly or the sleeves being too long which can be really frustrating. I recently received this mixed stripes top though from J.Jill and it fits me perfectly! (Just a side note, I do usually have great luck when it comes to J.Jill clothing fitting perfectly because of their petite sizing which is amazing). I really love it with this soft cardigan and distressed jeans for the weekend, and I can easily swap out the jeans for a pair of black pants for the office. Do you have a button down top that you love?
c/o J.Jill mixed stripes shirt | c/o J.Jill cardigan | c/o Gray loafers | Distressed jeans | Rebecca Minkoff bag
Photos by GloryRoze Photography
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Here are the items that I’m currently craving this week featuring all Nordstrom finds! I recently picked up these Free People joggers, and I’m in love with them! They are insanely soft and comfortable, and they are also currently on sale which is ever better. They do run a little big so definitely size down. I’ve also been on the hunt for a pair of quality leopard flats, and I just ordered these Sam Edelman loafers which I’ve been stalking and they are currently on sale too. Lately I’ve been wanting to purchase quality items that will last, so I’m hoping that these loafers will last me a few seasons. Which is your favorite, and what are you currently craving?
BB Dakota faux leather jacket | Patagonia Better Sweater | Free People joggers
Free People thermal | Something Navy sweater | Sam Edelman leopard loafers | Something Navy blazer
1. Workout before your child/children wake up for the day
This is what has worked best for me since staring the 21 Day Fix again. However, if your child isn’t sleeping through the night I wouldn’t recommend doing this. You have to give yourself a little grace, and just focus on getting as much sleep as you can when you have a baby. Charlotte would sleep through the night every now and then starting at 4 months, but she wasn’t consistently sleeping through the night until she was 11 months old. I would try to workout on very little sleep, but I just didn’t have the energy and I physically couldn’t do it. Now that I’m sleeping again though, I’m able to wake up before Charlotte does for the day and get one of my 21 Day Fix workouts in. I’m definitely starting to feel like myself again now that I’m working out consistently and I love it!
2. Go on a walk
When I’m not able to do one of my 21 Day Fix workouts, I’ll go on a walk instead. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and I’ll usually bring the family along with me which is a nice way for us to all spend time together. We’ll walk for about 30 minutes or so, which is very manageable and going on a walk is also a great idea if you’re on maternity leave too.
3. Do a yoga video at home with your little one
I signed up for Beachbody on Demand and they have a few postpartum workouts that I tried. One of the workouts is yoga that you can do with your baby which is so fun! I did it a few times with Charlotte before she started crawling and walking all over the place. She really loved it and would giggle the whole time. It’s also a bonus that the video is really short, low impact, and it’s a great way to get moving for a little while each day!
4. Go to a gym with childcare
I know a lot of Mamas that will go to a gym that has childcare that’s available. It’s a great way to get your workout in, while your little one gets to play with other children. Another option is to hire a babysitter, or have your significant other hold down the fort while you workout during nap time on the weekends (this is what I do sometimes if I don’t wake up early enough on the weekends).
5. Don’t stress
Being a Mama is hard, but so worth it. It’s also your number one priority so if exercising doesn’t happen don’t stress. Just do as much as you can in this season of life, and if working out is important to you it will happen again!