Now that the baby is one year old and my toddler is coming out of a seriously draining "threen-ager" phase (which may actually have been more challenging than caring for an infant), I'm finally finding my energy!
These last few years have been tough. Kids aside, I've also been caring for pets. Much loved and adored in our home, of course, but an added responsibility that caused a ton of stress for us as we started our family. And as they age, I found that I wasn't able to proactively enjoy them because I was too busy caring for them- feeding them, picking up accidents, picking up ANOTHER accident, letting them out, letting them in....
Sadly, one of our pets had to be put down last spring. It was one of the hardest things we've had to do as a couple- my husband and I. And I miss the idea of our dog, but eliminating one responsibility from my plate has actually allowed me to catch my breath a bit.
So much of this last year was just about reactive parenting for me. My energy levels were only allowing me to react to needs that happened throughout the day- A middle of the night feeding, a dirty diaper, thirst/hunger... a dog that needed to be let out, a messy accident that needed to be cleaned up, a stomach bug, a nightmare, an early riser....
Add the responsibilities of starting a new job and working from home, taking care of the older kids, staying on top of their schedules, managing the house, the groceries.... it was a really hard year for me.
But now my one year old has started sleeping from 7p-6:30a and my toddler is demonstrating an ounce of empathy, respect and maturity. And it has been amazing. I find myself primed to approach parenting more proactively now that I feel like I am not constantly being "sidelined" to handle a hiccup or the unexpected (but often anticipated) meltdown. I am ready to proactively parent as opposed to reactively parent.
I'm finding time to stop and collect my thoughts. Time to get organized, to throw away the clutter (literally, I have way too much stuff in this house because I've just been stockpiling it for when I could find the time to go through it!). And, even better, time to get back on here and to really write about my favorite thing- my family! Although skincare and Purity will always be a close second!
I gave my blood, sweat and tears to the first year of life for all of my kids. And while there were struggles and ups and downs that I could never have expected, I feel like we've made it. Yes, there are more challenges ahead, but to have come out of our final "first year of life" experience and to feel proud about how we got it done is the best reward that this mom needs.
And now I will be renovating a wardrobe that hasn't been touched since 2011 and indulging in all of the facials and massages a mom deserves!
Thanks for reading! And I hope you can relate! Do you know someone who might appreciate this post? Please share with your friends who may appreciate it!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017:
I wanted to share this recent post from Purity of Elements because it discusses a very common skincare no no- especially for mature, dry winter skin
Link to their blog post here. Are you making this common winter skincare mistake??
The truth is, I generally am a sucker for really yummy smelling cleansers, that typically are on the "no no" list (per the Purity Post). The good news about the Purity brand is that the cleanser is not only creamy, hydrating and restorative....it also smells delicious!
Friday, February 3, 2017:
Ok, so it may seem like I've digressed, but really...I have a point. I am taking the reigns back.
I am at a cross roads- I am about to wrap up nursing and with that comes the hope that I will be able to start to live a little more independently. My body is once again my own....And my goal is to really take care of that body.
I do so much for my kids and it is exhausting. I swear, there are some days that I can feel my parenting efforts deep inside my exhausted bones! There are even some mornings when I wake up CONVINCED that I am about three years older than I was when I went to bed.
So, with weaning comes the dull ache of a baby growing up, but also the sweet sweet realization that I can now use a retinol!!! It's the little things, ladies!!!
In the spirit of encouraging all of us to take a little time for Self Love, thought I would also share this lovely Valentine's Day offer from Purity of Elements - 30% off SITEWIDE- Show Your Skin a Little Love
Promo Code: LOVE
Monday, January 30, 2017:
But what I AM thrilled about is the fact that I have a fool proof plan to avoid serious winter dry out. Do you want to restore your skin's luminosity??
Ready, set, winterize:
1. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Hydrating from the inside out is essential during the cold and dry winter months. I am either carrying a water bottle or hot green tea at all times! Not only will this help your skin stay healthy and hydrated, it will also help flush out impurities that can cause congestion and build up on the skin's surface. Want to hydrate in style- I LOVE this S'Well bottle! It's so pretty!
2. Commit to Your Skincare Ritual
Winter is not the time to put your skincare ritual on hold. Daily skincare coupled with weekly treatments are crucial in keeping your glow! Always opt for a creamy cleanser (other cleansers can dry out your skin, doing more damage). My preference is for the Purity of Elements Daily Detox Exfoliating Cleanser. Why is this one so great- not only is it a creamy, hydrating cleanser that won't strip your skin, it is also infused with micro exfoliating scrubbers to gently slough away dead skin (which has a tendency to build up over the winter). This daily exfoliation helps prime your skin for your concentrated, repairing serums.
3. Treat Skin to Restore Radiance
Serums are taking the beauty world by storm- make sure you pick the right one! For me, the loss of luster is the number one problem I face. When my skin gets dry it becomes dull and the luminosity slips away. Use Radiance Face Serum morning and night (and add as needed throughout the day) to restore balance and luminosity to your skin. This serum is infused with a patented Copper 5 Complex- created with actual Copper minerals. We know Copper is essential for the health of our body and Purity of Elements has added this to their antioxidant rich blend. 90% of women in a consumer survey agreed to seeing an improvement in their skin's texture after one use. Read that last sentence again and tell me it isn't worth giving it a try.
4. Layer on the Moisturizer
Another trend that I love- double moisturizing. It's super easy and exactly what it sounds like. Add two layers of your most hydrating moisturizer (over your serum). In between layers I might brush my teeth just to allow the first layer to absorb a bit. Then I go ahead and add another layer on to really lock in the moisture. This is the perfect buffer to combat the dry heat that's cranking in our homes right now.
And there is it- this is my ritual to combat winter skin! Have anything else you'd add? Share it in the comments!