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All The Holiday Wrappings

All The Holiday Wrappings

Let’s talk about wrapping paper. I mean if you think about it, wrapping paper is a product that is manufactured solely to be thrown away. But if that doesn’t stop you from buying it lets talk about how expensive it is. A box of tags […]

Yums The Word

Yums The Word

I am definitely not that from the garden, food-processing kinda mama. As you all know I’ve tirelessly tried to be that mama but alas I’m not. With such a heavy work load it just isn’t happening. For those reading that are I think you’re amazing! (send me your tips). […]

Links & Things

Links & Things

Okay so ALL of my July posts have been delayed. I’m so sorry to all of my readers but to be honest I was just enjoying July. No excuses, no real reason, well actually there were two pint size reasons. Those reasons just so happen to be named G and Bodhi (still can’t think of a nickname for that one). So again sorry for the delay I know I’ve been a bad blogger but come on we all deserve some chill time now and again. We are finally getting back into the swing of things as our house. It’s crazy to me because I feel like traveling with little ones can make a 3 day vacation feel like a month-long vacation. With all the extra food, clothing and money you need to bring for those unknown moments. Don’t get me wrong I love traveling and thanks to my parents I spent more than half of my life traveling. But it is so nice to get home and just sort things out.

I have so much coming for you guys I’ve given sneak peeks here and there on Happily In Style’s Instagram feed, so if you haven’t already, go check it out! For now I’ll be over here picking out a new washer and dryer, cleaning my appliances and planning a birthday party for a certain soon to be one year old! Oh the adventures of parenting and being a homeowner, so thrilling! Happy Tuesday loves!

-The Links-

  • Now I know if you’re following a couple of bloggers you know Nordstrom is having its anniversary sale. I’ll I’m going to do it supply the early access sale link here.  The sale officially starts July 20th but if you have a Nordstrom’s credit card you can shop the sale NOW! I’m on a spending freeze so I haven’t done any shopping. Of course normally I would still supply my picks but I have a 1st birthday party to plan and cannot afford to fall of the wagon what so ever! Mama is on a budget!
  • I’m seriously obsessed with this one. Soul Tattoos are something I actually found late last night while I was rocking Bodhi back to sleep. The idea is, you have a reading done, be it with tarot cards or palms and the person reading you aka Ashley, helps you decide on a tattoo that best represents your soul. I’ve always wanted a tattoo but I’ve never found anything truly meaningful. I came once while we were in Hawaii, it was the place where I really started to understand and accept my postpartum depression and anxiety. Once I did that I was able to work on the issues I was having and move forward. I was so grateful for the trip and on the last day I could have easily gotten one to remember that journey. But I felt it was such a personal journey that I wasn’t quiet ready to share with the world. Instead I kicked the idea to the curb and kept growing through what I was going through. So something like this, especially with where I am today might be right. I feel as though I’m starting to turn a curve and land myself in a better place. A more positive space, a pace I once called home. *fingers crossed*
  • My new favorite local site! My best friend is due with her first baby any day now and I wanted to get her something special. I found this site filled with stuff any philly native would appreciate, including onesies for that philly baby in your life!!
  • As always I’m gifting you with this weeks Refinery29 Horoscopes! Some may think they are fake or hogwash but I like to think of horoscopes as a way to gain a different prespective of the up and coming week.

Meg’s Motto of The Week

All of it just all of it!!!

 

-Influenster-

So for this installment of Links & Things I wanted to talk a little bit about a new collaboration of mine. Influenster is a site dedicated to getting real reviews from real people and bloggers like myself. Now everything I have received was free and I am under no obligation to say I LOVED anything if I didn’t actually love it. All my opinions are my own.

  1. LashFood BrowFood – This was an interesting product, I have never touched my eyebrows before and I don’t really like to mess with them much. I’m blessed with “okay” eyebrows personally I love them the way they are and don’t add anything to make them fuller. With that being said I thought the product was good, if we are doing a 0-10 rating I’d give it a 8. The instructions are super easy to understand especially for an eyebrow amateur like myself!
  2. Sigma Face Powder and Brush – Sigma has amazing brushes so when I opened the box and found one inside I jumped. I may not be the most make up savvy lady but I know good brushes. With sensitive skin like mine a bad brush can lead to irritated skin. The color is gorgeous, it adds a little extra something to any look, be it casual or dressed up!
  3. Julep Boost Your Radiance Rosehip Seed Facial Oil – If you’ve followed along from the beginning you know that I’m an oils girl. Believe me when I say this baby is a true 10. Morning, noon, or even night if I’m feeling stressed or just need a little extra boost all I do it  throw some of this on, take a deep breath and am good to go!
  4. Aquis Luxe Hair Towel – I always down for a good towel. Half top knots have become my favorite casual go-to but they have really hurt your hair if you do them while your hair is went. Same thing goes for when doing that towel head dress move, we all do right after stepping out of the shower.  Until receiving the hair towel I never realized how much I was damaging my hair. You can feel a difference in your hair right away when using the Aquis Luxe Hair Towel.
  5. Quidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo & Conditioner – I have extremely frizzy hair. It is the reason why I never really do my hair in the summer. I usually go with a more natural look because curling it creates more frizz. Straightening it creates more frizz, literally using any extra product can either make it frizzier or super oily. I have to be careful with that I put in my hair. Originally I had this set idea that the Ouidad wasn’t going to work with my hair. From the moment I opened the shampoo I was surprised. It smelled amazing and was light on my hair. Once dry my hair was shiny and well-mannered something that was normally lacking from my locks. This ones a total 1-0!
  6. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift – Say hello to my new best friend. I’ve dealt with an unhealthy amount of stress lately. Some of which has finally come to a head and ended. I’ve discussed it a smidgen in a letter addressed to my boys about being kind. Thankfully it seems to have ended and I can finally return to normalcy. But I’m still dealing with bits of paranoia and worriment, even though things seem to have ended, it seems that it takes longer for certain parts of our brains to catch the news. So until I can just chill and get rolling with positive living again I’ll be using this beauty. It fits perfectly in your purse, clutch or carry-on and has the perfect applicator attached for a no mess vibe. I struggle greatly with puffy eyes especially in the morning and when I’m stressed, so it feels like this one was made for me.
Toddler Survival Kit : The Fourth Of July

Toddler Survival Kit : The Fourth Of July

Let’s be real, those summer time holidays aren’t as fun with little ones. Of course they have their moments and everything is special because maybe it’s their first Independence Day or they’re big fans of fireworks.  But it gets to a point where all you […]

Time to R E F R E S H

Time to R E F R E S H

Here we are, beautiful April has arrived. Even though the month is notoriously known for its rainy showers, the cold weather tends to break and we start to see nature rejuvenate itself.  This is the time for renewal and change. So while the weather and plants […]

It’s All About the Investment

It’s All About the Investment

I’m thinking it’s time we all started investing a little more time and energy into OURSELVES. Of course I’ve been outspoken about skin care, especially as we embark into the spring leaving winter in the dust!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in yourself, be it your skin, mental health or even your body taking care of yourself is always important. Before you roll your eyes and think, “Oh great she’s going to talk about fitness” I’m not, not that it isn’t important but today I’m talking about dust, and not just any dust. Dust by the company Moon Juice, it’s a California company owned and operated by an amazing woman, Amanda Chantal Bacon (That last name though). Moon Juice is THE place to go for, “daily nourishment, beauty foods, and high-powered natural remedies.” Honestly I couldn’t have said it any better myself so I took it from the site. I have a lot of products from Moon Juice, they even inspired me to make mushroom protein powder.(Summer recipe to check back for).

Actually Moon Juice even inspired me to start the blog, it was over Memorial Day weekend 2015. My first package had arrived from them. I had order Zeus juice, which is sadly not available on their website, I believe it is still available in stores just not online (BRING IT BACK!), pearl powder, and spirit dust! The Zeus juice was for my husband, at the time he was working in the automotive industry and Zeus juice detoxifies heavy metals and pollutants from your body, so no brainer on that one. Everything else was for me! The spirit dust is a great stress reliever and helped me unwind, which was so needed because this was a stress full period in my life. The pearl powder well that was for my skin. If you couldn’t tell by my investment in La Mer now you know, mama is skin obsessed.? I don’t know what it was but taking control over my health and at least trying something different gave me life. I was a new mom it the middle of it all, planning a wedding, trying to get my body back all while working full-time and figuring out my new life. Maybe it was the spirit dust or my need to find something that was my own but either way it sparked something inside of me. And there you have it, thats how Happily In Style came to be!

Okay, lets get back to talking about the dust! I cannot rave about their collection of dusts enough. I know, you’re probably thinking, “Meg, why are you eating dust, don’t you think that’s kinda weird?!” Well it isn’t exactly “dust” it’s a combination of spices and ground eats such as fruits like goji berries or veggies like shiitake mushrooms. These dust combinations can help with anything from inflammation and anxiety to clearing your skin or helping create clarity of mind. I’ve used Moon Juice products for three years now and I’m their customer for life. The love is real people, it’s real.

At the moment I’m obsessing over a mixture of two dusts. One is a new purchase the brain dust and the other is actually one that I purchased right before I found out I was pregnant. Action dust, seems to have had a name change and is now called power dusts on the website. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why do you have the old one? Well, once I found out I was pregnant I became a little overly cautious with what I would ingest. We’ve had a semi-difficult past with conceiving so I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Plus, I kept getting conflicting answers when googling/asking my doctor about certain ingredients so I just felt it was safest to wait!

Brain Dust: It provides a joyful, fluid feeling. I feel all around connected and at one with myself. I find it easier to focus and get my work day off to a great start. It has completely replaced my daily cup coffee which is great since I feel as if coffee is a gateway to unhealthy eating. Not only that but it isn’t the greatest for your skin. ( I Gave Up Coffee_ Here’s What Happened to My Skin) Obviously we all lead different lives and our bodies can handle certain things differently. So please don’t think I’m shaming coffee or any of you who drink it! It just simply doesn’t work for ME and my body!

Action/Power Dust: I love making a shake with this before a work out. Whether it’s barre or just go ole’ cardio this stuff really packs a punch and helps keep me going during an intense work out! It’s also helpful in the metabolism department. Which is a great for me because my metabolism is in slow mo. A cheat MEAL for me leads to 4 lbs gained while someone else might be able to have a full cheat day and only gain 1lb. We all have our gifts and my metabolic rate isn’t one of mine. (To you goddesses out there who do have a great met. I’m jealous and also happy for you at the same time?)