Vacation Beauty Favorites

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We recently spent a little over a week in Emerald Isle, NC with my family and we had a blast! I’ve never spent that much time at the beach before, and it was both amazing and relaxing (considering we had a toddler with us). While at the beach I definitely wore less make-up and never used any heat on my hair and it was glorious. Considering that we were gone for 9 days, I brought along all full size beauty products with me and I wanted to share some of my favorite ones for vacation:

1. Isle of Paradise self-tanning drops

I have fair skin that burns and doesn’t tan, so I recently started using the Isle of Paradise self tanning drops and I absolutely love them. You can mix these drops with your favorite moisturizer and they don’t have a weird smell like other self-tanners do, I never turn orange, and it doesn’t come off on your sheets/towels. It’s honestly the best self-tanner I’ve ever tried!

2. Sun Bum mineral tinted sunscreen

I opted to wear less make-up during our time at the beach, and instead I used the Sun Bum mineral tinted sunscreen that I picked up at Target. It didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, it was lightweight, and gave me a little coverage so I didn’t have to wear make-up. It’s definitely perfect for the day at the beach.

3. Beauty Pie micropeeling drops

I’ve mentioned Beauty Pie before here, and I’m still obsessed! Their micropeeling drops have been my favorite product that I’ve purchased from them, and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and it evens out my skin tone. This isn’t sponsored, but you can use my referral link to receive your first month for free here.

4. R + Co curl cream

Believe it or not, my hair is really curly. I usually opt to use a flat iron and straighten it because I feel like with shorter hair I look like Shirley Temple. Lately, I’ve decided to embrace my curls though because it’s so much easier/faster to get ready in the morning, and it gives my hair a break from the heat. One of my best friends told me about the R + Co curl cream, and it’s seriously life changing. I love the way that my hair looks with this curl cream, it leaves it feeling so soft, and it smells amazing. If you have curly hair I highly recommend it.

 

What are your favorite beauty products for vacation?

Our Everyday Family Routine

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Our Everyday Family Routine-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

I’m excited to showcase our everyday family routine with you today! Now that Charlotte is a little older, I feel like we finally have a routine down that is really working well for us. Here is what our day looks like: 

6:30 am: Our day begins

I wake up for the day and get ready while Charlotte is still asleep. I always take a shower in the morning to help me wake up, and lately, I’ve been using the Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash or the Dial® Himalayan Salt Enriching Body Wash. The Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash leaves your skin feeling healthy and keeps you smelling fresh. The smell is very summery, and the refreshing scent of coconut water is lightly fragrant which I really like. The Dial® Himalayan Salt Enriching Body Wash leaves your skin feeling both healthy and energized thanks to the Skin Therapy Complex, which is perfect for a morning shower. There are also delicate exfoliating scrubbers that leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed. After I shower I do my makeup, my hair (which usually involves this braid), and get dressed. 

Our Everyday Family Routine-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Our Everyday Family Routine-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

7:30 am: Charlotte wakes up

Once I’m all set for the day, it’s time to wake up Charlotte and get her ready. Once she has had her diaper changed and is dressed, we head downstairs and have breakfast together.

8:30 am: Time for work

Monday through Thursday I go to the office, and on Friday I work from home. It takes me anywhere from 30 – 45 minutes to get to work, and I usually listen to a podcast to make the drive a little more enjoyable. Once I’m at work, I always check my email first and then come up with my to-do list for the day. 

1:00 pm: Lunch break

My lunch break usually consists of me running errands because that’s a little tricky to do with Charlotte on the weekends. Once a week, I make sure to stop by Target because they have everything I need. That’s where I pick up the Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash and the Dial® Himalayan Salt Enriching Body Wash that I’m currently loving! And Cartwheel is having a 10% off deal on Dial® brand products while supplies last. I also usually find the rest of my toiletries and makeup at Target, and I always make sure I stop by the clothing section too.

Our Everyday Family Routine-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

4:00 pm: Workday is over

I head home for the day at 4 pm. I wanted to cut back on my hours at work so that I can spend more time with Charlotte, which is so worth it. 

6:30 pm: Dinner time

My husband gets home from work and we have dinner together as a family at the kitchen table. Eating dinner as a family is really important to us, and we make sure we aren’t on our phones and the TV is never on. 

7:30 pm: Bath and bedtime for Charlotte

Lately, we’ve been using the Dial® Kids Peachy Clean Body + Hair Wash, which smells amazing. I really like that the Dial® Kids formula is developed with Pediatric Dermatologists. This sensitive formula is hypoallergenic, pH balanced and dye free, making it ideal for everyday washing. After a bath, we get Charlotte dressed in her pajamas, read her a book, and then put down for bed. 

8:00 pm: Wind down

Robert and I spend some time together once Charlotte is in bed. We either watch a new show or reading before bed.

10:30 pm: Bedtime for us

I get ready for bed and do my nightly skincare routine. Then it’s time to follow this process all over again the next day. 

Our Everyday Family Routine-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

What does your everyday family routine look like?

Nashville Travel Guide

Nashville Travel Guide-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

I’ve been to Nashville, Tennessee three times now and it’s one of my favorite cities to visit! It has definitely changed a lot since the first time I went though and it’s a popular place to visit for Bachelorette parties and birthdays which can make it a little crazy. I’ve gone to Nashville to celebrate our anniversary a couple times, and I’ve also gone for a girls weekend and I think it’s a fun place to visit for either occasion. Here are my favorite restaurants, bars, and things to do:

Where to eat:

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Merchants: This is my favorite restaurant in Nashville, and it’s located on Broadway. I went for lunch all three times I was in Nashville since dinner is a bit pricey. It was the perfect lunch spot, but make a reservation! The black bean burger is my favorite thing on the menu.

The Southern: I went for dinner two of the times I was in Nashville, and again make a reservation. It’s a popular spot, and it isn’t far from Broadway so you can easily walk. It’s definitely a nicer restaurant and they specialize in steaks and oysters.

Puckett’s Grocery: It’s not a grocery like you would think, but it’s a restaurant that also has live music at night. I went there for breakfast and lunch and it was delicious! My husband also says that they have the best Nashville hot chicken of all the places that we visited.

5th and Taylor: We went here for dinner, and I loved the cheese plate and the cauliflower dish that they had. It’s a nicer restaurant and it’s where we went to celebrate our anniversary.

Deacon’s New South: We went for brunch and it’s a gorgeous restaurant that is quiet and away from the crowd. It’s easy to walk there from Broadway as well, and I loved their yogurt granola bowl.

Bars:

Nashville Travel Guide-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Tootsie’s: I had the most fun here two of the times I went! This bar gets insanely crowded though and it’s definitely the most popular bar on Broadway (it’s the purple building). I recommend day drinking here because of how popular it is.

Robert’s Western World: This is the Honky Tonk where the locals hang out. The music is a little more classic and old school, and I love the vibe here! They also have something called the recession special which is a fried bologna sandwich, moon pie, PBR, and potato chips.

32 Bridge: This is Luke Bryan’s bar, so it was a must visit for me! We had so much fun here, we were able to find a table, and the live music was so good!
Whiskey Row: This is Dierks Bentley’s bar which is such a fun spot! We stayed here for a while listening to the music, and we were lucky enough to find a couple seats at the bar. This place gets packed too!

Things to Do:

Nashville Travel Guide-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Grand Ole Opry: You must go to the Opry when you’re in Nashville. The schedule will constantly change until you get there for the show that day, so just keep checking online to see who will be performing. It’s a live radio show with about 7 or so performers and they each sing about 2-3 songs each. The first time we went we were lucky enough to see Brad Paisley, the second time was more of a miss, and the third time we saw Carrie Underwood!

Country Music Hall of Fame: If you like really old country music you’ll like this place! It was still fun to check out even though I don’t know a lot about older country music, and they usually have a display or two for current country music singers.

Studio B: If you do the Country Music Hall of Fame, you can buy a ticket to Studio B as a package. Unfortunately, you can’t just buy a ticket to Studio B. This is where Elvis, Dolly Parton, and a ton of other people recorded. It’s so cool to see!! Definitely one of my favorite things we did.

Ryman Auditorium: It’s where the Opry started, and I definitely suggest checking this out. I don’t recommend doing the tour though (not worth the extra money in my opinion), but you can do a self-guided tour that I think is worth it.
12 South: This is where you can find a couple murals, and a bunch of fun shops! I loved going to Draper James and White’s Mercantile for some shopping.
Blue Bird Cafe: Getting tickets is difficult, and they only go on sale a few days before the scheduled show. We were lucky enough to get tickets the third time we were in Nashville, and it was my favorite thing that we did! We went for a song writer’s circle show and they all went around singing some amazing songs, and telling stories. It was seriously amazing!
Johnny Cash Museum: This museum is pretty small, but you must check it out! It was fun to learn more about Johnny Cash, and they had some really interesting things on display in this museum.
Have you been to Nashville?

How To: Stay Comfortable as a Mom

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How To: Stay Comfortable as a Mom-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Charlotte is on the move and running all over the place! We love to spend time outside in our backyard blowing bubbles, or we’ll spend time at the park or at the science museum. With Charlotte being very mobile, I have to make sure that I’m as comfortable as I can be. When it comes to what to wear you can either find me in a pair of leggings, a basic tee, and an army jacket, or a pair of distressed jeans and a graphic tee. I’ve also accumulated quite the sneaker collection now, and I always wear a pair whenever I’m with Charlotte.

How To: Stay Comfortable as a Mom-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic
How To: Stay Comfortable as a Mom-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

The one addition that I’ve added to my sneakers recently is the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts for maximum comfort. Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics Inserts offer consumers a value. It has 5-in-1 clinically proven pain relief. Meaning, it is the only product sold over the counter* that is clinically proven to relieve FIVE lower body pains caused by being on your feet: foot pain, back pain, knee pain, heel pain and plantar fasciitis as well as tired, achy feet and legs. The Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Kiosk uses advanced Footmapping® Technology in which 2,000+ pressure sensors capture your unique foot profile and recommend Dr. Scholl’s® best Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts for you. If you suffer from lower body pain, step on the Dr. Scholl’s® Kiosk because it’s fast, free, and easy. Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts provide immediate, all-day relief of pain from being on your feet. This is definitely what I need because I’ve been experiencing lower back pain and tired feet whenever running around with Charlotte all day.

How To: Stay Comfortable as a Mom-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Speaking of the kiosk, I recently used the newly designed kiosk at Walmart and it was such a great experience! It’s really easy to use, you  just take off your shoes, place your feet on the mat, and press start. It will then go through three steps with you where it will measure your arch, pressure points, and foot length. First it will measure your feet in a standing position, and then you just have to lean forward on your feet to move the yellow circle into the green target. After that, it will measure each foot to simulate how you walk. You’ll lift your right foot off the mat while holding onto the bars in front of you. You just have to lean forward again to move the yellow circle into the green target. Then place your right foot back down. You’ll then repeat this same thing while lifting your left foot off the mat. For the last step you answer a question about your weight and you are all set! The screen will then display which insert is best for you, and the inserts are located right at the kiosk which is really convenient.

How To: Stay Comfortable as a Mom-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Right now Walmart is offering a $10 off rebate! How do you stay comfortable as a Mom?