Baked donuts 🤩🥳 The @colessupermarkets donut tray is just perfect for making some yummy treats for a party or just for a fun baking day with the kids. The size is not too big and the non-stick coating is a bonus👌 yum yum #morethanasaucepan#bakeddonuts#donuts
I just received my package of skincare from @Deciem. I haven’t known all weekend if I should take it out of the box or leave it in case we needed to evacuate from these crazy fires. Ugh.
But I couldn’t wait! So here are the three items I took out to bring to my room. The other items are packed away awaiting word on if they get to come out to play or not.
I’m very excited about these newbies as I’ve read a lot about them, seen them on IG a lot and very curious if they’ll help this dry, dehydrated face o mine. 🌸The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics “Marine Hyaluronics brings together lightweight marine-derived water reservoirs that attract and hold water like hyaluronic acid (HA) but are lighter than HA in texture and feel. I will use this before my serums and creams, but after my toners and spritzers.
🌸Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum - For multi-depth rehydration and reduction in the look of lines and irregularities. This states it’ll visibly target Surface Hydration, Below-Surface Hydration, Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Dynamic Lines, Sagginess, and Textural Irregularities. Bring it on!! I’ll use this after the above but before the next product....
🌸The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion - “This formulation combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives:
a) A 2% concentration of Granactive Retinoid which is a complex of solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR). HPR is a highly-advanced form of retinoid ... which offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of aging than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid;
b) A sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system which supports both the delivery and the effect of Granactive Retinoid.
Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoids (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of aging.”
I love all the Deciem brands. So so so affordable and they really work! Woohoo! .
Dad and daughter ❤️💞 in @soulslings #leadanoona .
I am not going to be writing an elaborate post on the benefits of #babywearing
This picture highlights two major among many benefits - Getting work done as you are hands free while maintaining bond with the baby
Other benefits are
✅Improving neck and muscle strength
✅As baby is in upright position, lesser chance of reflux
One important tip 🖊 to ensure you are wearing right - you should be able to kiss 💋 your baby’s forehead
About the carrier - I zeroed In on #anoona newborn to toddler carrier. It’s made of cotton so best suited for chennai climate. It’s an ergonomic carrier that met all my requirements.
👉🏼Read about all the available carrier options and take your time to decide which one suits you best
👉🏼There are baby wearing libraries in various cities. If you can, go visit and try the various available options and choose one which provides optimum comfort to you and your baby
👉🏼I watched and rewatched the YouTube video on how to wear my lead anoona, read the instruction manual and started wearing her only after I completely understood all the settings
Love this Simply Ginger Armpit Detox from @gingersimply! Detoxing my armpits
again while I'm fasting. If you're transitioning to
natural deodorant, removing the toxins and
build up from years of using chemicals is a good idea. It has bentonite clay, activated charcoal, and tea tree oil. #NotanAd
🌹Roses for health🌹
Not to be reserved for Valentine’s day alone, did you know that rosehips and petals have been used for thousands of years because of their heady aroma and flavor in food, and as medicine!
I loved rice pudding, kulfi, rose milk, and other treats with rose petals as a kid in India but I had no idea these beautiful dried flowers were good for my health too!
Science says that rose has the following benefits:
🌹Menstrual cramps and PMS antidote
🌹A source of beneficial polyphenols (plant based compounds) like ellagic acid and quercetin
🌹A rich source of vitamin C!
Other benefits noted anecdotally where the science is still catching up are:
🌹Antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects
I love adding these gorgeous dried rose petals from @la_boite #notanad to my spiced chai to make it even more luxurious and good for me. Have you tried rose in food or tea? Would love to hear about your favorite combinations below 👇🏽🌹❤️
#rose#herbs#tea#health#nature#food#beauty#flowers#foodismedicine#spiceupyourlife | #spicespicebaby
Are you a Local Guide for Google?
Here’s what a recent (Level 5) Google Guide has to say about us:
“From educating on instagram to inspection of my order at pickup, it was a great process. They care about prints and their passion shows. Genuine evangelists for not leaving your photos in digital form alone.” Thank You Brosette!
Real reviews from real people, no strings attached. #notanAD#yay ! #4real
Also- here’s our #1 Christmas Card design for the week! $1 each! Search “holly jolly card” - it comes in 3 sizes. Happy Monday! #only43daysuntilchristmas#persnicketyprints#holidaycards#customholidaycards#nologo
Did you know that reading to your child not only stimulates their language development but also their cognitive skills? And the single most significant factor in a child’s early educational success is being introduced to books and being read to at home prior to starting school. @mo.willems is my most favorite author (I mean my son’s room is decorated in his characters) but his books are so loved by every child that I’ve ever read them too. And from my experience Piggie and Gerald are always my students’ favorites. Right now at @costco you can get the ENTIRE series for $90 which is a steal! Seriously this is an amazing gift for any child...of any age!! .
I love how much he loves books but I don’t love how much he loves chewing on them. We bought a couple of these Indestructibles books yesterday and he’s obsessed. #notanad We still try and ‘teach’ him that it’s not okay to put books in his mouth, but I’m less worried with these. They’re awesome.
What a great night last week supporting @tnkidsbelong & getting to see an early screening of this movie “Instant Family”. First off, this movie is FANTASTIC. Heartwarming, poignant, at times gut-wrenching, but most times laugh out loud funny, feel good family film. Go see this movie! Honored to support TN Kids Belong who do such incredible work bridging the gap between our kids in foster care & their forever families. Go see the film, get exposed to this community & maybe see if there’s anything you can do to support these kids & the families opening their homes. •
#NotAnAd#justthinkitsgreat#tnkidsbelong @instantfamily @markwahlberg @fullyrosebyrne
I had to dedicate my first post to this awesome guy!!
One of my best buys has to be this nifty silicone pump it is an absolute essential for any breastfeeding Mum who doesn’t want to waste a single drop!
It suction’s on to the boob you’re not feeding from and it catches the let down that would normally soak into a pad.
If I ever have to leave my little boy for a couple of hours I use my @naturebond_international pump and always have enough milk so someone else can feed
All BF mums should have one! #notanad#ijustloveit
Available on Amazon for £12.99 comes with a stopper and a nice bag
Too cool for school. Yeah, right. I had my eyes dilated at my eye appointment. Time for some new glasses from my fav site @eyebuydirect. #notanad They have super cute frames, they're so inexpensive that I bought 4 pair my first time for around $60 including lenses, and I love that you can upload a picture and "try on" each pair. .
Are you a glasses or contacts gal/guy?
Tonight @ericeilersen and I did a home chef experiment! We were out of meals for the week so we decided to use our recipe card and try to recreate one of our favorites and compare the cost! With @realhomechef we pay $9.99 per person per meal, so essentially $20 for this amazing scallop Iinguine. I bought all the same ingredients at the grocery store today and the total came to $20.10! (Cheddar bay biscuits not included.) Home Chef is SO worth it to us that for exactly the same price, we can save ourselves the trip to the store. AND the home chef version had 6 scallops per person, and I only splurged for 4. We save all of our recipe cards and will definitely repeat this experiment again, but we can’t wait for tomorrow’s home chef box to arrive!
Get $30 off Home Chef! https://www.homechef.com/invite/rVpRWJs208YnQ
👾👁 Eye spy with my huge eye... three $’s and an 👽 💕
@dollskill was one of the first online stores that inspired me to start blogging! Shopping with them is literally like playing with paper dolls... some butterfly shoes from this page, alien pasties from this one... some lime crime pink hair and voila! Halloween doll achieved 😋 you can shop both the small brands you’ve never heard of and the big names you thought you couldn’t afford at the same great place. They also have a bagillion giveaways (there’s one right now!) and sales 🎉 .
K guys I have some friends that started a business and it is SO CUTE! See that tie Finn is wearing? Not only is it a cute tie but it has a zipper pocket in it 😱 swipe to see! Your kids can put little trinkets, toys, or little candies in there while looking stylish! They even have matching father and son ties (a perfect Christmas gift if you ask me☺️) and have so many different tie choices to choose from! Go check them out! @the.stash.project 😊
• DROWNING IN PLASTIC • I recently watched the BBC documentary Drowning in Plastic... I knew that our use of plastic, the pollution and the effect on our planet was a problem but never truly understood the scale or the importance of our actions. I urge you to watch the documentary if you have not already and support the company’s seeking to change our habits, create change and improve our planet.
It is estimated that 500 billion disposable cups are tossed in the trash every year (99% of which can not be recycled) @stojoco are looking to change that with their collapsible travel cups - mine fits in my pocket when not in use!
Tag your favourite eco friendly yoga & lifestyle brands below and show our home some love.
❄️🎅🏼 Today we received an official telegram from Father Christmas all the way from the North Pole ... Olivia has officially made the nice list and she is beyond chuffed about this situation ... 🎅🏼❄️
❄️🎅🏼 The Christmas post to inform her of this decision 🙊 includes a workshop of Christmas traditions and where they originate from and a challenge of acts of kindness on the run up to Christmas ... ❤️
❄️🎅🏼 The magic of Christmas is in the eye of a child and the heart of those that believe🎅🏼❄️
❄️🎅🏼 The Sweetest sentiment post from @victoriastottdesign #notanad#orderedandpaidfor but thought I’d share because it’s too cute ... and when I say I paid what I mean is *** came from the North Pole 🎅🏼❄️
#makeupfreemonday rocking out some work today in my new @ladybossglasses. .
Electronics emit a blue light that can affect sleep, and your eye health. My optometrist recommended finding a pair to help and I love that @ladybossglasses are lightweight, look amazing and do their job! Plus they are women owned, so it's a no brainer for me to shop with them .
I recently just came across this talented sister @claudianour and found myself on her site pretty quickly.
I saw these fun samples for perfume sticks and thought it was a great way to try the scents without purchasing the larger size. So I ordered all 4 scents.
I am BLOWN away by the quality of products. One thing that really sold me was the fact that each item is 💯 halal! That means, I can pray with it without wondering if my Wudu is nullified or not. Anyone who knows me knows HOW STRONGLY i feel about nourishing the body correctly and how halal means of food really has a positive effect on our body. Well, perfumes and makeup do too! Your skin soaks in the chemicals you apply to it! Did you know that?
My favorite is Amber Musk and Tropical Gardens. Amber Musk is light and earthy while Tropical Gardens reminds me exactly of VS Love Spell. I apply them as I pray Salah and feel like I have dressed the part as soon as I put them on. #notanad#productsilove
Thank you @instacart, seriously if you aren't using this app you need to!! I have a $10 off code to try it! @tracyradio out of all the amazing things you've shared with me, I think this tops it!! #notanad#wanttomakemyfriendsliveseasier
Lumos: Don't you just love being welcome at places?
We had brunch at @paperboyconcord and they didn't even bat an eyelid at Noxie and I! I even jumped out of my backpack and took Mummy exploring while she was trying to order her Granola! 😹 #rude
For other kitties, they have an awesome garden wall to walk on and their window sills are fun to walk on. We even surprised some of their other customers who were watching us from the window (swipe ➡️ to see) 😹
Mummy said her Granola and Bounty Shake were amazing and Daddy loved his baked eggs and mocha.
The best bit? They're super close to heaps of parks so we can have brunch and go to parks too! 😻
Strait ‘outta camera!
Gotta love that @fujifilmx_us workflow.
Step 1. Snap photo
Step 2. Transfer to phone via WiFi
Step 3. Post on your social media platform of choice
As someone who currently works 40 hours a week in front of a computer, I value my time not sitting in front of a screen. This simple workflow really is great. #notanAD#butitcanbe#paymefujifilm 😜
Pssst...letting you in on my biggest hair secret, I only wash my hair once a week. The secret ingredient is dry shampoo. I’ve tried numerous brands but nothing works like @dove’s dry shampoos.
The secret to long, healthy hair is grease and brushing your hair once/twice a day to allow your natural oils to travel from your roots to your ends.
Did you know that the more often you wash it, the faster it’ll get greasy and the more dry and brittle your hair gets? I always hear people say, “I have to wash my hair every day, cause it gets sooo greasy”, but it’s actually because you’re washing your hair daily, that it gets so greasy. When you wash your hair daily, you’re over washing it and drying it out, making your scalp work overtime to produce oils (same thing with our skin). Trust me, I work out 3-4x a week (talking HIIT type workouts) and my roots can get hella greasy, but nothing a good dry shampoo can’t fix! If you’re washing your hair daily, I challenge you to try washing it every other day and start using dry shampoo in between and slowly work towards max twice a week. Your hair will thank you for it and to quote @champagnepapi, you can thank me later.
After spending the morning Christmas shopping, I’m relaxing by the tree with my favourite teacup from @steepedteainc
There’s something about Christmas lights and a warm cup of tea that just puts me in the best mood!
What’s your favourite way to unwind during the holiday season?
Thank you to my family @holykombucha for sending me a case of their amazing #kombucha . Y’all know I ❤️kombucha and this is the only brand I drink (every day.) It’s a great probiotic, good for your gut and digestive system. It boosts your immunity, helps with weight management, and can lower rates of anxiety and depression. Need I say more? I genuinely love #holykombucha#notanad#thankyouforthelove#MondayisofftoAGreatstart
Piper is thrilled too😂
Protect Your Peace, Maintain Your Presence🖤
📝 Tip 117 - We all know that life keeps on going with or without you. In order for you to keep going with life you must find an outlet for yourself, or else you will burn out🤯
After many burn-outs and sleep-less nights feeling defeated, I started looking for outlets. 🥀🔮🥀
One of my outlets is the App HeadSpace (@headspace ).🕺🏻
It is free to download and the app offers both free & paid sessions to its users. It was creating to help people “experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere.”🧘🏽♀️💐
🎶It’s just another meatless Monday🎶
Serious use of Instant pot here: I cooked the spaghetti squash a few days ago in the instant pot. Yall. You can put the whole squash in and cook on high for 15 minutes and the peel falls off and all you do if pull it off and scrape the seeds out. Then a pot of pinto beans with veg stock, onions and cumin for 30 minutes in the IP. Heat the squad with avocado oil, S&P, toss in tomatoes and hot beans sprinkle with cheese and toss under the broiler for 2 minutes. Kind of a southwest pasta feel.
We often hear about stress as a driver of comfort food eating. But some of my high performance clients lose their appetites when stressed. This can lead to undernourishment, a weakened immune system, increased injury risk, poor sleep and recovery, and impaired mental performance.
🙁 If stress tends to diminish your desire to eat, try these three key nutrition strategies:
✔️ Condense your nutrition without cooking. Choose foods that pack a lot of nutrients into smaller portions that don’t require cooking. Try: a sliced banana with a dollop of nut/seed butter for dipping; rolled oats prepared with hot water, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, nuts, and dried fruit; canned pumpkin mixed with pure maple syrup and almond butter; or plant-based yogurt (like @kitehillfoods Greek style) mixed with granola.
✔️ Graze. I know it can feel uncomfortable to eat when you're not hungry, but try to commit to eating smaller meals or snacks every few hours. If needed, set your cell phone or other alarm as a reminder to eat. Clean ingredient protein bars are helpful. Other compact choices include: one or two organic pasture raised hard boiled eggs with a spoonful of dairy free pesto; a baked sweet potato drizzled with a combo of pure maple syrup, virgin coconut oil, and cinnamon; or a cup of black bean or lentil soup topped with chopped avocado.
✔️ Drink your calories. If you’re at risk of getting too little nutrition, try to drink beverages between meals and snacks, rather than before or during. Opt for smoothies made with greens, fresh or frozen fruit, nut/seed butter or avocado, plant protein powder, and add-ins like fresh ginger root, cinnamon, fresh mint leaves, turmeric and black pepper. In addition to adding antioxidants, herbs and spices can help improve appetite and support digestion. Sip on 100% juices, and opt for ready-to-eat protein shakes. For the latter try @liveowyn for a plant-based high protein option.
👉 Has stress ever shut down your appetite? If so, how did you cope?