I never put much thought into the ingredients in the products I put on my body until I had a little one with food allergies and even using a lotion that had soy derived vitamin e in it would cause him to react (true story!). Once I started to learn more about the lack of regulation in the industry and the fact that a company can use chemicals that haven’t even been tested for safety without having to disclose any of that on a label, I knew I wanted to do more research.
I started researching brands that have a smaller chemical footprint, meaning, they are mindful about using chemicals in their products that are known to cause issues with our hormones, our endocrine system, reproductive issues and that are known carcinogens (sadly there are chemicals that are known to have these effects that are regularly used in most products). The more information I learned, the harder time I had using many of the products from brands I had trusted and used forever. .
Maybe you’re not ready to throw out your whole makeup bag like I did (well just the contents lol, I kept the bag- its pretty). But maybe you want to start the journey of switching to safer products. The @thinkdirty app and @environmentalworkinggroup are both great resources and will help you evaluate the safety of the products you currently use. I’m a huge nerd about ingredient safety in beauty products as well as food- so if you ever want someone to swap swaps with, I’m here ❤️ I’d love to hear
about what you find when you look up the ingredients in your current products- whether it’s good OR bad! If you made it all the way through this post (lol) and comment below with what you find when you look up your go-to beauty product (your fave facewash or your shampoo or your foundation) you’ll be entered in a raffle to earn a free, safer replacement for what you’re already using ❤️🙌🏻Lets get you switching to safer!
My Little Monsterra Monster 🌿
Remnants of play.
A simple set up of mirrors + baskets of loose parts (various bottle tops & cardboard rings). This can certainly be done inside but the sky & the trees are beautiful additions to the reflections in the mirrors.
This can be done with little little ones, I’d probably start with sitting infants, all the way up to big kids. You can add challenges as they get older and include academic and developmental goals, as well.
Omg seriously right Anyone else feel this way It’s real life people... we get hungry.
But how we feel our hunger and our bodies is what makes all the difference.
A few things to think about when it comes to your food. •Are you making smart choices at the supermarket Shopping the outside aisles Purchasing fresh organic fruit and veggies Staying away from processed packaged food •are you prepping your food Food prep is important for so many reasons. For me it stops me from making bad choices when rushed for time or needing a quick snack. Makes it super simple to stay on track. •are you drinking water If you are going to eat in the middle of the day for no reason. Connect with yourself for a moment. Are you really hungry Or are you bored Water is usually all you need in those situations.
Small changes in your day to day make for big progress!
A few of my fave things.... ☕️cold brew with almond milk
💞my beaded bracelets 👌🏻spot on eyebrows
My Monday isn’t looking to bad at all.
Another year, another pumpkin patch 🎃 I’m still amazed at all of the family portraits being taken out here. I have to chase Carson down to try and get one good pic 🤦🏽♀️
This is so true that it’s making me laugh at myself right now. I can’t tell you how many RIDICULOUS things I worry about on a daily basis. Like, utterly ridiculous. Most of them involve my momming abilities but some of them are about weird stuff like bugs and murderers and fires and basically anything bad that can happen to a person. .
The truth is, I just think it’s literally impossible to separate worrying from the state of being a mom (I wrote a piece for @romper with almost that exact title HA). It is the biggest, most important job I have EVER had and that is freaking TERRIFYING. But I try to give myself little reality checks and mantras to repeat to myself when my brain gets all bananas. Sometimes it’s as simple as “you got this ...” or “what are the odds of that actually happening, like really
happening...” and it helps me snap back to the real world. .
How do you calm your anxieties/worries and prevent your thoughts from getting the best of you 💗 📸by @mommispace
there was a time when I would anxiously be wishing for 6pm to hit. The last hour of work used to drag. Sitting at a desk - not wanting to be where I was - knowing what was waiting for me at home.
Happy Sunday from my amazing office view.
On vacation, not caring what time it is doing what I love.
#livingthelife #frontporchsittin #vacationmode #lovewhatyoudo
Today I took like 400 pictures of myself (exaggeration maybe ten) because I wanted a photo of my lipstick for my stories and I just kept deleting every single one. “My mouth looks weird.” “You can see that pimple on my cheek” “My eyebrows are awful...” I found something wrong with every single one of them.
I realized that I can’t pick apart photos of myself like that anymore. I have a tiny person watching me and I don’t want to keep reinforcing the ridiculous standards of beauty that have been ingrained in me since I was a young girl and that have only gotten worse with the advent of social media and perfectly lit/professionally taken “selfies”. .
So, here is one of the photos I almost deleted in a gesture of self love/acceptance and a step toward being a better example of both of those things for my tiny human aaaaaaand also because my lipstick was 🔥
Is there anything sweeter than a napping baby I could just watch him all day long.
FRITTATA Saturday’s <from my stories>
Who needs a bowl when you can eat the apple crisp right outta the pan
This gluten free & vegan apple crisp (or “crist” if you ask Griffin) was a huge hit and so easy to make!
🍎For the apples:
5 Granny Smith Apples (peel & cut into chunks)
1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
3 Tbsp Water
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
🍎For the topping:
1 cup GF Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup nuts or seeds (i used pumpkin seeds)
3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
Chop apples into chunks and toss em in a bowl with the cinnamon, water and maple syrup. Toss the apples around in the bowl for a while to coat (or stir if you’re more civilized). Pour the apples into a glass baking dish and then use the same bowl to mix the ingredients for the topping together. After thoroughly combined, pour the topping over the apples and bake at 350 for 45 minutes, covering it halfway through (around 25 min mark) with tinfoil to avoid overbrowing. .
Leila’s doctor approved her to eat meats, yogurt and eggs now and while I’m keeping her a vegetarian for the time being (I might start her with turkey for Thanksgiving I haven’t decided yet!) she is LOVING @stonyfield yo baby yogurts!
We gave them to Jayden when he was little and now started Leila with them!
We love that they are organic and have the active live cultures that help her belly and their cup is made from plants!
She’s officially got a yogurt mustache and loves it so much she licks the spoon 😩😂
Woke up to a chilly house. Turned on the heat for the first time (then had a moment of thanks that the house didn’t blow up) and carved the world’s jankiest Jack-o-lantern with the world’s dullest knife 🔪 ✌🏻 Friday, you’re lookin pretty good ❤️
Wondering when we’ll stop taking selfies, and contract one of our boys to take a pic of us! Hahaha anyone else feel slightly guilty taking a pic without their kids in them 🤣🤣🤣
#whatarethekidsdoing #ehwhocares #parentselfies
Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s being afraid- but doing it anyway ✌🏻It’s taken me a long time to realize this. Fear creeps into my life ALL THE TIME. Some of it is rational: what if no one likes my writing what if i try something and I fail ANNNNND some of it is completely irrational (I watch a lot of unsolved mystery shows) but both kinds of fear are present in my life probably on a daily basis. .
I realized that fear shows up when we’re at our edge- when we’re just about to do something that is an opportunity for growth and change and that is SCARY! Fear comes in as doubt and worry and tries to get us to stick with the status quo because it’s comfy 💗 When I feel that fear set in I often ask myself what I feel more strongly- the fear itself or the desire for change that’s causing the fear .
How do you work around fear in your life What’s something that you’ve been scared of, that you’ve done ANYWAY and are so glad you did 💗 📸 by @cleowade
Leila had her 7 month checkup today and is close to 18lbs and is 29 inches and I’m feeling SUPER emotional!!!
I just held her and cried and both Leila and Josh looked at me like I’m crazy
Where is my little baby!! 😫
Any other parents out there get emotional looking back at pictures/videos of their little ones or is it just me and my hormones!
Leila’s milestone onesies are from @makeitmeboutique BTW, check them out and thank me later ☺️
Just a chubby babe dreaming of milk, cuddles and tummy rubs.
This little dude has had a lingering cold that he has now passed to me and today we were both crank-city. That’s one of the hardest aspects of being a mom I think: the inability to call in sick 🤒Having to just get up and keep it movin’ even though you feel like 💩💩. What are your tips for mommin a sick bub while you’re sick yourself
we are all weirdos in our own way 😝 keep shining your light and you’ll attract the weirdos who are your same brand of weird ✌🏻
thanks @fulcandles for the reminder!
Leila and I spent the afternoon with my cousin Kiki having a girls day and wedding planning! (Love my Kiki 💜)
She’s more like my big sister always holding me down and always making sure Leila and I are good and helping me figure out every situation and wrap my head around things the logical way!
We ALL need that person in our lives that helps to guide us through and I couldn’t be more blessed to have such an amazing role model to look up to!
Fun fact: She knows me SO well she won the “measure my belly” contest at my baby shower! ☺️
This gorgeous bride allowed me to color her virgin hair one week before her wedding and the results perfectly accentuated this romantic boho look. STUNNING 💕💕
Fall In Love...with color 🍁
I don’t know about you but, I’m loving these cooler temperatures! It’s the perfect time of year to give yourself a fall facelift with a bold lip color and I’m a huge fan of Black Cherry. This season’s mood boosting shades come in smooth glosses, sheer tints, long wearing mattes and rich, hydrating formulas. Now, before you tell me that “bold lip colors scare you” let me offer you a pro tip: tap into the color with your ring finger and gently press the color onto your lips. Applying it this way will give you the benefit of a deeper stain without you feeling “too bold.” Baby steps, mama!
Feel like you can’t pull it off
Not sure what your perfect color is
Your personal makeup artist has arrived to help you look & feel your best.
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Hey Monday, I see you 👊🏻 .
Normally I would be feeling all types of blah about the end of the weekend but I’m kinnnnd of (super) excited because tonight I am finally
opening the boxes of the @beautycounter Holiday Collection and I can’t wait to try all the fun new limited edition things AND share it with you all! There’s a men’s collection, a transforming lipstick shade that looks different on everyone (how will it look on you!) and so many more fun THIIIINGS. I honestly can’t believe I didn’t even peek inside the boxes, I’m pretty impressed with myself (also they’ve been on a high shelf and out of sight out of mind lol).
If you want an invite to my live unboxing celebration tonight- LET.ME.KNOW. I can’t wait to to help you shop this holiday season (I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet but I’m a huge Christmas person and for me the Holidays start October 1.) I would love to help you find safer products for all the loved ones on your list: moms, Grandma’s, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, your dang mailman— you name it, we got em covered ❤️ Get your holiday shopping done early OR, treat yourself to some fun new makeup that is BETTER for you and for our environment ❤️ Lemme know if you want a link to the fun, tonight! 📸by @bykellymalka 💗
Another GCK Mom Prep was crushed yesterday! I know I will appreciate this during the week but today this momma is tired. This weekend was filled with 2 late night outings, 2 birthday parties, shopping, and sports. Can I request a momma rest day 🤷🏾♀️ I shared my mom prepping in my stories and all are saved in my highlights if you are looking for some inspiration.
Grilled chicken breast (extra juicy - brine/ marinade/ cook)
Grilled pork chop (extra juicy - marinade/ cook)
Maple bourbon wings (football Sunday)
Roasted leg of lamb
Creole shrimp cocktail (football Sunday)
Grilled Turkey provolone sausage @uswellnessmeats
My feisty girl is 7 months old today and I’m a little anxious because I feel like time is going by WAY TOO FAST!!!
This past month we spent so much time working on our core and family and it’s felt SO good!
(This picture took about 5 of her cousins to get the decor right and perfect shot!)
Looking forward to this next month of milestones and loving on my sweet girl 🧡
We had the best 2nd birthday party a kid could ever ask for, despite running on very little sleep (all of us!) we powered through and it was SO MUCH FUN! Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 💗
Leila is ready for Sunday Football! 🏈
Fun fact about this sweatshirt:
• My dad has been a diehard @steelers fan since he was a teen!
•This sweatshirt was my BROTHERS when he was little and was passed down to my nephew and now Leila! 🤦🏽♀️
• We are an athletic family (Josh is currently playing a flag football game as we speak 🙄) but we are really more of a basketball/soccer family so my dad kind of wins the football team battle...sooo, GO STEELERS 🤷🏽♀️
mud 🌿 there’s something so satisfying about mud for little ones. their little developing nervous systems crave the sensory input it provides- it’s squishy, cool, makes a funny sound when you stomp in it. Not to mention research shows that playing with mud and dirt helps build a strong and healthy immune system ✌🏻 So, let those littles get muddy 😻
Spent the day pumpkin picking with my little punkins 😍🎃
I keep this going through my head on repeat whenever I feel like I DON’T got this. Words are powerful 💪🏼 Our inner dialogue often becomes our reality so giving yourself a pep talk is a smalllllll action you can take that can yield big results ❤️ You got this!
As a child growing up Saturday mornings were for cleaning the WHOLE house.
I plan to pass this down to Leila when she’s able to help me clean 😂
For now, I will do the cleaning and enjoy listening to the giggles and peaking in at her playing with her daddy 😍💖
It finally feels like fall in the air- we’ve all got hoodies on AND socks 😂 ✌🏻 Current view: working in my new “workspace” with vibes being brought to you by some Palo Santo and my new ivy friend 🌿
No workout for me this morning so i am getting my breakfast on. Perfect warm breakfast day for this chilly fall morning. Eggs, hot oatmeal and i love mixing my fruit in the oatmeal. It becomes this amazing combination of flavors and then i don’t need to add any sugar to my oatmeal because of the sweetness coming from the strawberries. #rainyfallday #hotbreakfast #nycmoms #longislandmom #healthylivingjourney #setyourgoals #sticktoit
October Saturday’s are for Pumpkin Picking and Apple Cider Donuts 🍩. .
Heading for out for more Autumn fun today 🎃 .
What’s on the fall agenda this weekend
Currently curled up on my couch next to my hubby with a bottle of Pinot Noir & Greek takeout. Love and cozy blankets (food + wine, too) are some of the things that make me happy. I hope your weekend is filled with moments that make you feel as happy as these two on a chilly NYC weekend.
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