Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Post Baby Bod

My sweet little man is 2 weeks old today!! He has already grown a bunch and as quickly as he is putting on weight-I'm trying to take it off!! I gained 33lbs during my pregnancy-but I started it 7 lbs higher than my ideal weight. So today I am down 20 lbs and have 13 more to get back to pre baby weight, although I'm going to try to lose 20 lbs to get to my skinny weight. I'm hoping my skin will shrink too! Today I'm headed out to buy an abdominal binder to shrink everything up. I wore one for the 1st week after Tanner was born-but I stopped bc it was bothering my c-section incision. Well now that the incision is almost healed, I'm going to get back into it!! I am very excited to get the green light to exercise (I see my OB tomorrow) so that I can start toning up!! Above is a pic of me the morning Tanner was born-we were just leaving for the hospital. I was very puffy-the pic doesn't do a great job of showing just how huge my tummy got, but trust me-it was huge. People would say "well, I bet you are having a really big baby!" or "must be twins"-gosh people are so rude!!This post was kind of jumbled and all over the place-sorry, not a lot of sleep last night and I'm trying to be quick! I'm starting my healthy-eating plan today so hopefully that will keep the scale moving in the right direction too!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Operation Eye Cream Continues!!!

Alright Product Junkies-I made a promise to find the best under eye cream and I am still on the hunt! I bought and am currently using Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream: Lifting, Firming, Anti-Wrinkle Formula. I read about it in a magazine and they gave it top ratings. I got it at Bath & Body Works and it was $32 (but they have all sorts of holiday coupons going on so I'm sure you can get it for cheaper if you are coupon savvy). It is pretty good: goes on smooth, not too greasy, no irritation. Here is what the product info says about it:

Winner: Shape Magazine’s Best of Beauty, September 2008
Firms skin for a tighter appearance and visibly lifts skin around the eye and brow area
Dramatically reduces the look of lines and wrinkles
Gives the eye area a smoother, more youthful appearance

So I like it but I don't think its "the one"...its kind of like when I was single and would meet a guy who was "almost" perfect, and I would try my hardest to see if he could be my future hubby, but in reality it would never have worked out. So that is how I feel about this eye cream. It is firming-but I want something that is richer (ha! just like when I was on the dating scene!) and more moisturizing. BUT I have only been using it for 3 weeks and I will continue to use it and who knows-maybe it will win me over :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Im back! And I'd like to introduce Tanner Charles

Ahhhhh so much has happened since I last signed off on the 15Th. I have fallen madly in love with this sweet baby. I have also fallen more in love with my supportive, wonderful, best-dad-in-the-world husband. I have never been happier or more tired. One of the products I need to find asap is hard core under eye concealer bc I'm not sleeping much at all and the bags are giving me away! The c-section was fairly easy. Breast feeding was harder than the c-section at first-now I'm getting the hang of it. I have lots and lots of baby products to review already (some things I love-some are truly pointless), I'll get to those soon. This blog will not turn into a baby blog. We will still cover all products, but I'm sure I'll have more baby stuff to talk about than before. Also I will keep you all in the loop as I try to lose these baby lbs and get back in shape :) Tanner had his 1st photo shoot with the most fabulous and talented Christina Dely http://www.christinadelyphotographyblog.com/ . The pictures are wonderful!! It makes me want to do another photo shoot right away (I think I'll hold out until he is 6 months if I can!) Above is the pic that we are using for our birth announcement. Speaking of that-I need to order those! Glad to be off blogging-maternity leave!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hollywood's Latest Product Craze and I'm Having My Baby Tomorrow!!!!

AHHHHHHHH There is a lot going on right now!! All fabulous and exciting-but there aren't enough hours in the day!! Soooooo, remember when I was living in a hotel 2 weeks ago? Well, I was watching one of the gossip shows (probably Extra or Access Hollywood) and there was a segment RAVING about this Anti-Aging Face Serum from a UK company called Boots. It seems like just about everyone who walks a red carpet uses this stuff! So of course I was intrigued. Then I heard them say that you can get this incredible stuff at Target! I was sold. So the next morning I went to my local Target and found what they were talking about. It is No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum. Here is what the company says about it:
"Anti Aging is getting Intense...
No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum has been tested like no other cosmetic anti aging product in an independent 12 month trial. The findings clearly show that it has genuine, long term anti aging benefits. 70% of the volunteers using the product showed a marked improvement in the appearance of photo-aged skin after 12 months of use. This study is the latest step on Boots journey to provide further compelling proof of the performance of its products.
How to use
Smooth into your face and neck after cleansing and toning, morning and night. Follow with your favorite No7 moisturizer."
It was about $22 and I had to choose between the regular and the "Intense" stuff. Duh-of course I got the Intense! So I have been using it morning and night (1 use about 4 pumps-that covers my full face) and I love it! It is a nice extra step and it does make my face very soft and smooth.

Alright now onto fun stuff: I AM HAVING A BABY TOMORROW!!!!! I can't believe this day is finally here!!!! I am so excited to meet this sweet little baby boy who I already love more than I thought possible! I am dying to see what he looks like (Kevin had white blond hair and I had a mop of dark brown), will he be a big baby like everyone says? This is seriously the most excited I have ever been! My mom is coming into town today and will stay for up to a month depending on how long I need her. I feel ready-his room is the cutest nursery I have ever seen (I'll post pics at some point) and I feel like we have everything we need. I'm a little scared of the whole recovery from the c-section-but I'm a pretty tough cookie :) I'll be in the hospital from tomorrow (c/s is at 7:30am pacific) until Friday or Saturday depending on how I feel. Sooooooo take care and I'll be back next week with updates galore!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

100th Post! And a Wonderful Announcement!

I can't belive I have posted 100 times! Time is flying! My little hobby of finding, using and reviewing products has been so fun and I love writing this blog! Thank you so much to those of you who read/follow it!
Sooooo I am so happy and excited to announce that my business partner and I will be opening our very own exercise studio in February 2011!! It is called The Dailey Method and it is the best workout Ive ever done (and we all know Ive tried every single workout out there!). It is a barre based class (which are all the rage right now) and it is fabulous! I have wanted to open my own studio for the past couple of years and now that we are doing it and it is official, it all seems so surreal. It is located in Calabasas, CA (Home of a ton of celebs! Hopefully we will get some fab clients-I would love to train Jessica Simpson!) Please become a fan on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Calabasas-CA/The-Dailey-Method-Calabasas/160499737321359
So I know life is going to be crazy: I will be opening my own business with a 10 week old, but I think that with the support of my wonderful hubby, business partner and friends, that it will all work out! I will post more in the future about exactly what The Dailey Method is and why it is so unique! Alright-Im a crazy person trying to get ready for my sweet little boy (coming tuesday!). I just had my pre-baby bikini wax and everything is clean and organized (except my office) so Im really just doing last minute errands. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Oh Yum

Bloggers these are the type of thing I simply can not keep in my house! I don't have the willpower for it!!! To most of you this is a great little treat/snack that should be easy to not over-indulge in, but I apparently have lost all personal restraint :) They are Trader Joe's Mini Mint Ice Cream Mouthfuls and they are sooooo delish!! I love the chocolate/mint combo! They are about the size of a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup (the big ones, not the mini ones). 2 of these has 120 calories-which isn't bad at all!! My problem-yesterday I ate 7 of them. Yes 7 of them, so that makes them 420 calories which isn't quite so good. So I'm deciding that I love them too much to have in my freezer, but for those of you with self control, these are a great little portioned out treat! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Darling, Comfy Sleepwear

While doing my daily trip to Target I found this supercute nightshirt/nightgown type thing and I had to share!! It is Gilligan & O'Malley and it is wonderful!!! Only $17.99 and made of jersey. I need some nightgowns that I can wear post c-section and I wanted some that were modest enough that it wouldn't be too weird if guests saw me in them and this one fits the bill! The lace part up top is not scratchy at all and the material is so nice and soft! Once again Target-you never let me down :) Oh yeah-and it comes in a great deep red color (perfect for the holidays) too!

Monday, November 8, 2010

My New Fav!!

Hi Bloggers!!! I have missed you! This past week has been crazy but now we are back home, house looks amazing and I am ready for this baby!! I think I probably did 20 loads of laundry on Saturday and Sunday-but it was all baby stuff and folding cute, soft baby blankets and darling little onsies is so much fun!!! While we were "hotel living" for the past week I stumbled upon some FANTASTIC new products that I am in love with!! I cant wait to share them and see if you guys love them too!
Okay-I think I may have a new favorite!! It is Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen. Ha try saying that 5 times! It is a mouthful-but it is fabulous!!! It is this wonderful, yummy smelling moisturizer that changes its tone to match your skin...it is sheer coverage but the little kick of color it gives is awesome! I bought it on Thursday and wore it Friday-Sunday and every single day got compliments on my "glowing" skin. It is this VitaZing! My only gripe (because alas nothing is perfect!) is that SPF 15 is not high enough for daily use. So I still use my La Roche Posay SPF 60 underneath...I wish the VitaZing had at least a SPF 30, but oh well. Here is what Origins says about this brilliant product:
'This energising multi-tasking moisturizer gives skin instant vitality and vibrance with the zing of vitamin-rich Mangosteen energy Complex. Magically transforms to create even, flawless skin.'

-designed to release colour pigments which adapts to your skin tone
-paraben, PABA, mineral oil, petroleum, paraffin, synthetic fragrance free

I think this will be a great addition to my "daily use" products, especially once this baby is here and I'm looking and feeling pretty tired!

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'll be back next week

Hope you all had a fab Halloween!!! I'll be on blogging vacay since we won't be living at home for the week. My plans for the week are to read, read and read! I never made it through my gigantic summer reading list-so a week in a hotel sounds like the perfect place to catch up :) We didn't dress up for Halloween but here are a couple of pics from a past year just to be festive :) My handome Larry Bird and me being a pumpikn :)