Archives for June 2017

06.25.17

Finding•your•Village


Do you have a village? I remember the first time I realized how important it was to have a village around you when raising kids, navigating marriage, and everything life throws your way. You see daring to be a friend is daring to be someone that promises to stick though the heartaches, the triumphs, and the thick or very thin parts of life. Sometimes we want life to show up in all the glittery picture perfect moments, the moments where our kids are behaved, our marriage is on track, and people see our strengths, not our weaknesses . But here’s what I have learned…


Life is not meant to be a picture perfect slide show of the highlights, to be walked through alone, and it sure isn’t meant to leave you feeling lonely and confused. As I look back on the last couple years of my life I remember some really sweet moments with friends but I also remember the LOWS, the pictures that didn’t make it on the perfect slideshow. 


I remember my friend that sat with me in my blue Honda and listened to the me talk about the darkest time in my life, I remember the friend that taught me that HOPE and faith are ONE, I remember mourning with her every negative pregnancy test that came back and wishing so badly I could take the pain away, I remember my friend that taught me/showed me what it means to lay down your life for another, because I know that she truly would for me, I remember the call from my friend who lost one of the most precious gifts at too young of an age, but I remember her strength, her fierce love for her family that she continually stands on and holds true too, I remember my friend that showed up every week with coffee and smoothies when Elouise was born and encouraged me to have grace on myself as I navigated two babies instead of one, I remember my sister who who held me in her arms one too many times growing up and never judged me,  I remember my friend that saw my yearn for connection at my daughters school and has literally made an imprint on my heart already with her generosity, authenticity, and passion for helping others. I remember each and every friend that has left a mark on me, that has surrounded me like a village, poured into my life and has become some of my dearest friends. 


Your village is more than just a friend that tells you everything good about you, these are the people that take you just as you are! Maybe a small and dull tree at the moment, but they help you grow into a big, mature tree with flourishing branches and leaves, blooms that are still hidden but slowly opening and becoming softer. Have you found your “people” your “village?” If not what holds you back?

These matching mother and daughter dresses were handmade by a beautiful friend that is truly one of a kind. She believes children’s clothes should be just as vibrant and creative as their personalities and be true to who they are. You will find so much warmth and talent when you take a moment to read her story and look at her clothing choices.  You can shop her store using the link below: 

https://www.elestory.com/collections/new-arrivals
Instagram handle: @elestory

Xo,

Sophia 

06.15.17

Love•your•face•with•Osea

My mama did a lot of things right with me growing up but one that stands out to me and has stuck is: “never going to bed with makeup on.” From an early age of ten years old my Mama always made sure I had a good moisturizer and cleanser to use morning and night. She talked to us about the benefits of keeping your face clean and hydrated and how later on in life we would thank her. Well thank you MAMA! 😉 

A lot of you sweet friends and mamas have been asking me to share my skin secrets and what products I use daily to take care of my skin. I’m not going to lie it’s not a quick hop and skip but this I why I believe my skin has always treated me with grace unless those pesky hormones are in play, than it seems it’s just a waiting game. 

I’m sharing a few of my favorite skin care products one of them being oSea skin care! This skincare line is plant based seaweed. They combine earth and ocean to nourish and hydrate your skin naturally. I really can’t say enough about the products. They are just that GOOD! 

Here are my tips below for keeping your skin radiant and exfoliated which is a major part to having healthy skin in the first place. Cleansing is so good to remove impurities but we need a good exfoliater to get way down into the pours so we have that fresh dewy feeling after we’ve washed. 



Step one
: Oseamalibu cleanser is an ocean cleanser made of organic algae, this is for dry to normal skin and will remove impurities and maintain your skins natural moisture balance which is so very important. 



Step two
: Oseamalibu probiotic polish that gentle exfoliates the face as you rub about 3/4 teaspoon into the palm and sprinkle a few drops of water to form a paste. This polish has vitamin C, and is infused with probiotics. Begin massaging in circular motion for a couple minutes all over the face. This stuff is the absolute bomb. Leaves your face so smooth and polished 



Step three
: Oseamalibu atmosphere protection cream is 100% natural and lightweight for everyday use and works so well under sunscreen and makeup application. This antioxidant rich moisturizer creates a protective barrier on your skin. 

Step four: Oseamalibu brightening serum is a natural anti aging  for all skin types and even helps with the appearance dark spots which I have and it also helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation! This is a blend of organic seaweed, ferulic acid and vitamin C. 

To purchase Oseamalibu skin care click this link below: 

https://oseamalibu.com/

Lastly here are four other things I use on a weekly basis and almost never forget to incorporate into my skin care regimen. 


Once a week I use the “PMD” personal microdermabrasion that exploites very deep into the pours and leaves your skin silky smooth and dewy. Going to the salon to get this done is very expensive, this little machine will be your best friend!! This is a must! 

I also shave my face once a week, yes I was nervous about this at first too!! But…I promise the hair comes back peachy fuzzy and not wiry. It makes makeup application a breeze and again is just another great way to rid the face of dead skin. You can find a razor like the one pictured on amazon or at any of your local Walmart/Targets. 

Twice a week I use a retinal cream by “Alpha skin care” this is a enhanced wrinkle repair cream that is 15% retinal. This helps to support collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a must.  Shop this cream here: https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-Hydrox-Optimum-Retinol-Anti-Wrinkle/dp/B0000535VH

Every night and every morning I use under eye cream, and my favorite brand is “Alpha skin care” nourishing eye cream that has vitamin C and hyalronic acid in it. Soothing and really does the job. 

Alright loves I hope that answers some of your questions and feel free to leave comments with any more questions or comments!

Xo,

Sophia