Friday Favourites

Another Monday where I share "Friday Favourites" because I forgot to post it last Friday. It's hard to say if I'll ever get my act together. Oh well. Happy Monday!! Here's to a new day, a new week, and a fresh start.

THE DOTTI SHOP

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I got a couple of outfits from the DOTTI. Shop, and they are DARLING! I can't stop squeezing Piper and taking pictures of her in them because they are soooo so cute. I got this Louise Shimmer Pearl dress that Piper is wearing (it's on sale right now!) and the Blake Matching Set from the spring line which is SO cute! I got a size 2, but it was actually a bit too small for Piper, and it accidently got washed before I could exchange it. I'd learn from my mistake and properly check the size chart before ordering! They're all so cute and perfect for summer. You can use BECKY20 for 20% off your order too!

BUMBO

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I use Jack's bumbo multiple times every day. He started sitting in it around 3/4 months, when he was totally able to hold up his own head. I feed him in either his bumbo or the high chair, and he honestly just likes chilling in there. He loves seeing what's going on, and it's nice being able to keep my eye on him while I cook meals, and while we eat our breakfast/lunches. I know it's so well known already, but if you haven't heard of them yet, I love mine and highly recommend it!

INSTANT POT

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I finally got an instant pot for Christmas, after hearing everyone rave about it, and let me tell you...THE HYPE IS REAL. Especially if you are a mother. Holy moly. I can make a full blown dinner in record speed (20 minutes in the instant pot vs. 4 hours in the crockpot), and you can steam or sauce veggies, make hard boiled eggs, greek yogurt, and so many other things I haven't even figured out yet. It can also be used as a rice cooker or crockpot! It's totally worth it, and everything I have tried has turned out perfect! This sounds like an ad haha, which it isn't. It should be though, because I think I'm doing an awesome job at selling it. Really though, my instant pot has been a life changing for pulling together quick meals.

LOWER BODY WORKOUT

I've been really into this type of set up for my workouts lately, because it does such a good job at getting in a good sweat without requiring a lot of time. This is the lower body workout I did at home last week, and I loved it!

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I bought this charcoal face mask for my mum a couple of months ago, but really it was a present for myself because I love it and use it all the time! She's so lucky to have me living with her again. I've brought up self care a few times on here over these past few months, but it means more to me now than ever, and is something I think is so important in general. With two little ones, I'm not able to put myself first 99.9% of the time, but doing little things to show myself some love helps me stay positive and feel like I can handle difficult situations. This mask feels amazing, and it does a great job at cleansing and getting rid of the toxins in my skin. Just a simple self care product I like incorporating once a week!

Friday Favourites

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I've been working on eating more natural foods, and finding the best sources to put into my body. I still have a ways to go, but I've also been trying to find and use better natural products that I put ON my body. Deodorant was the first one I looked into because, since it goes on the armpit, it is absorbed and goes right into the body's system. Most deodorants contain chemicals and aluminum, which have been directly linked to breast cancer and Alzheimers disease. I've tried a few different brands, but Schmidt's Naturals is my favourite! I got it on Amazon, and it works great! 

COLLAGEN PEPTIDES

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I started using collagen peptides in my diet while I was breastfeeding Piper, and I've been using it ever since! There are TONS of benefits to using collagen (an in-depth list can be found HERE), and is something I use every day in either my post workout protein shakes, energy balls, pancakes, oatmeal, and even lemon water (it's unflavoured, so you can't taste it). The two brands I love are Collagen For Her and Vital Proteins.

**It's recommended to run any product by your OWN doctor if you are pregnant or nursing. I, personally, used it while pregnant and while breastfeeding both babies. 

MADE BY MARY

 Jack's eyes are a little inflamed from his eczema. It still flares up from time to time, but it's SO much better!

Jack's eyes are a little inflamed from his eczema. It still flares up from time to time, but it's SO much better!

I have a necklace with just Piper's name on it, but I have been looking for a different one for both kids. I decided to get THIS necklace from Made By Mary, that says "piper + jack". It is beautiful and I have taken it off since it arrived. I also got THIS necklace that says "mama", and THIS bracelet. I love, love, love all of the pieces, and they mean so much to me. 

NURSING DRESS

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I bought this dress from Roolee a couple of months ago, and it has been perfect! I love dresses in the summer but, unless there are buttons at the top, they're a bit tricky to wear when breastfeeding. This dress has little zippers on the sides (that are hidden in the seam), so it's easy to nurse! They have tons of nursing friendly dresses, that are also cute and don't look so "mum-ish", if you know what I mean. 

PRE-WORKOUT

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I first tried out THIS pre-workout  a couple of months ago, and I surprisingly really like it! I tried pre-workout once before, awhile ago, and hated it because it made me so jittery and want to scratch my face off. They have other products, but I love the all-natural one. You can take it like a pixie stick, or mix it with water and drink 15 minutes before your workout. It has helped me push myself a lot more (I generally feel pretty motivated to workout, but I've noticed I get a lot more out of my workouts when I use this). I am breastfeeding, and my doctor is fine with me taking this. It has 100mg of caffeine, and is the only caffeine source I consume. As always, please do your own research and consult your doctor if you are nursing.

5 Healthy Morning Habits

I LOVE mornings because it always feels like a fresh start. Even though mornings are crazy with trying to get two little ones fed, cleaned, changed, and ready for the day - I still look forward to them. These are 5 healthy habits that I do every morning, and I honestly feel like they set me up for success and make the day more productive and positive. 

WARM LEMON WATER

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Fresh lemon water in the morning, mixed apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and warm water has a lot of great benefits! Apple cider vinegar is FULL of of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It's awesome for gut health (a health gut = a healthy body), balances PH levels, and is well known for cleansing the system. **Make sure it's raw and unfiltered vinegar, because filtering, pasteurizing and processing kills all of the good stuff. Fresh lemon aids in digestion and detoxification, and cayenne pepper is great for boosting metabolism, also digestion, and increasing blood circulation. I always get asked this question, and YES, it has to be warm water. It's best for digestion. To reap the full benefits, drink this before eating anything.

I use the juice of 1 fresh lemon, about 2 cups of warm water, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. If the apple cider vinegar is too strong for you at first, add more water to dilute it! You can also add a little raw honey (regular honey has been processed that all of the benefits are lost).

MEDITATION/SPIRITUAL/INSPIRATIONAL READING

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Spiritual, and inspirational reading has been the hardest for me to figure out, timing wise. I used to do it at night, before going to sleep, but I am sooo sleepy and exhausted from the day that I wasn't getting much out of it. Instead I moved it to my morning routine, and it's not only more meaningful, but it sets a good tone for the day. I am religious, so I read scriptures from my religion, but I think it's important to set aside at least 5-10 minutes every morning to meditate, read (or listen to!) something inspirational, and focus on trying to improve. 

Sometimes I am able to do this before both kids wake up. Sometimes just one of the kids are awake, or sometimes they both are. They're usually pretty happy in the mornings, so I take a few minutes to take care of my mental health.

HIGH FAT & PROTEIN BREAKFAST

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Eating a breakfast that has a good amount of healthy fats and protein MASSIVELY improves my eating for the rest of the day. First, it revs up the metabolism, and second, it curbs my cravings later on in the day (especially in the late afternoon and evening). It fills me up, stabilizes my hormones, and stops me from mindlessly snacking. If anyone is looking to improve their eating habits, this is always one of the first things I recommend. It makes a huge difference.

I posted 10 of the breakfasts I cycle through HERE. I still eat carbohydrates in the morning, but I always make sure there are lots of protein and healthy fats in there too.

DRY BRUSH

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I have talked about dry brushing HERE before, and post about it frequently on my Instagram stories, but this is one of my favourite, favourite forms of self care. I bought mine on Amazon for under $10, so it's quite cheap, and it doesn't take much time at all - BUT there are lots of benefits to it! I do it every morning after breakfast, ideally before showering and getting ready, but sometimes they don't happen until 4pm haha. 

Dry brushing stimulates the lymph nodes (which removes the toxins in your body), removes dead skin and promotes new skin growth. It also leaves the skin looking fresher! It energizes the body (which is why you want to do it in the morning, not at night), boosts circulation, and is S0 good for digestion! It is also known to reduce the appearance of cellulite. HERE is a good video demonstrating how to do it. I highly recommend implementing this!

MOVEMENT

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Last, but not least, MOVEMENT! A lot of people workout first thing in the morning, before their kids wake up, which is great and obviously works well! I think this can be daunting to a lot of women who want to start exercising, but the thought of having to wake up every morning at 4-5am is frightening haha. I get it. If working out early works for you - ah yeah! If not, that's okay! It's not your only option! I don't work out before the kids wake up because I don't have someone else to watch them in case one of them wakes up while I'm gone. Also, Jack sometimes wakes up for the day at 5am, or 6am, or 7am (still working on his sleeping *eye roll*). Instead I opt for nap time workouts, or once they're down for bed at 8pm, or even when they're both awake and playing. I love incorporating them and playing with them while I do it. 

Back to the point, Becky. 

You don't HAVE to get in a full blown workout first thing in the morning, BUT some type of movement in the morning is great! Again, it sets the tone for the day, and it stimulates digestion. I love going for a morning walk with them both, or playing outside, or even just doing some deep stretching. It's ALL beneficial, and it ALL helps. 

These morning habits are almost sacred to me now, because they make me a better person, a better mother, and they help me handle the day - no matter what it throws at me.