Focusing on Health + Wellness with LARABAR

This post is sponsored by LARABAR.


I know everyone and their mother is all like,  summer, wait! Don’t go! While I’m over here like,  fall, you’re finally here!

I love the summertime, but no season makes me happier than fall. The crisp air, the crunchy leaves, my favorite jeans-and-sweater attire, and the calm before the craziness that is The Holidays. I also feel like our life is at it’s most normal during this season. Our schedule isn’t dominated by travel or weekend cookouts, and we’re able to fall into a more sustainable routine. While I adore late nights and BBQs, they start to take a toll.

So this fall, with the help of LARABAR, I’m taking the time to focus on my health and wellness. Honestly? I’m tired of feeling tired. While having a 5-month-old plays a major role in that exhaustion, I know that so do some of my lifestyle choices. 

So for both you and myself, here are few tips for how I’m planning on getting my health and wellness on track.


I’m putting this on the list because, like any good to-do list, you put something on there that you know you can cross off. Right? I’m in a good groove with Jack and our daily walks. I love being outside and I swear to you, that hour saves my sanity. It also makes me feel good. I’m not doing anything strenuous like running 10 miles or lifting heavy weights, but I’m moving my body and it feels right. On the days when my schedule doesn’t allow a walk, I notice that I’m more irritable and my energy level clocks in at an all time low.


Eat well, and eat often

You guys know that I’m breastfeeding, but what you don’t know is that it’s a struggle for me to eat as often as I should. I eat breakfast and then before I know it, it’s past lunchtime and I haven’t made the time to make myself snacks or lunch (because, baby.) As a result, I end up with headaches or I end up eating chips straight from the bag because I’m so ravenous that I can’t even begin to think of finding something healthy. I’ve made sure to stock up on my favorite LARABAR flavors because they’re easy to grab and go, and they’re HEALTHY. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on a LARABAR? It’s comforting that I can read and identify all 3 – 4 ingredients. And they’re delish.


Drink Water

My water intake ebbs and flows. Some weeks I drink ALL THE WATER, and some weeks I’m dehydrated. That’s not good for any person, but it’s especially bad for a breastfeeding woman. My goal is to be more consistent with drinking water every day.

Water and LARABARs

Make ME Time

Health and wellness isn’t about just eating and exercising, it’s about the whole person. I’ve done a terrible job at taking guilt free time for myself since Jack was born, and it’s not good for anyone! When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, AMIRIGHT?! It’s my goal to loosen up a bit and hopefully relax every now and then. I have a strong feeling this will be the most difficult goal to achieve!

At LARABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat – and what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.

Thank you to LARABAR to sponsoring this post.

A Baby Blues Check In

It’s no secret that I struggled for the first month or so of Jack’s life. The transition into motherhood was not a smooth one for me, and during that time, I felt like I’d never have it all under control. I felt like I’d always be fighting simply to keep my head above water.

I mean, during those first 6 weeks, it was a good day if Cory came home from work I wasn’t in the same spot on the couch where he’d left me 10 hours prior. (It was a super good day if I wasn’t crying when he got home.)

(Super good days were few and far between.)

But yesterday, while Cory went to play golf, I casually went to the grocery store, prepped lunches and dinners for the week, and got Jack to nap, it dawned on me. I’m doing the damn thing.

And not only am I doing the damn thing, I’m doing it well.

Doing it well doesn’t imply that I’m spectacular. It doesn’t mean that I have things figured out, or that I don’t make mistakes, or that my house is immaculate, or that I don’t have days where I literally throw my hands up in frustration; but it does imply that I’m no longer just keeping my head above water.

The solo grocery store trip? The prepping meals? The getting Jack to nap? (All while alone?) Four or five months ago, those were all things I never thought I’d be able to do.

I don’t have a funny story or a witty way to end this post, but because my postpartum story resonated with so many women, I felt like it was necessary to check in to let other moms know that it absolutely gets better.

And easier. And more exciting. And much happier.

potoPhotographic evidence of me relaxing on the couch. With a napping baby upstairs. CAN I GET AN AMEN!?



8 Tips for the Mistake-Prone Mom

It’s the Friday of a holiday weekend, and I won’t sleep if I don’t give you some very serious, unsolicited advice. In the past few months, I’ve learned a few things. Brace yourself for my astounding wisdom.

1. Don’t walk around the house in just your bra for too long. You run the risk of forgetting…and taking the dog out. In the daylight.

2. Don’t be a hero: drink the wine, your breastmilk will be fine. You don’t have to walk this road of motherhood alone. Wine is here for you. Always.

3. Driving long distances with your baby is more difficult than it sounds. Road trip + Google Maps’ estimated time of arrival + baby = two additional hours.

4. Need a quick panic attack? Fall asleep in bed with your infant.

5. Don’t ever say, he’s finally sleeping through the night! #jinx

6. No one thinks your baby is as cute as you do. Maybe your mother does, but that’s it. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s the honest truth.

7. If you plan a conference call during nap time, nap time will not happen that day. Babies have a sixth sense and know when you have important plans that don’t include them. When that happens, they go HAM and obliterate any and all routine.

8. Don’t lick the mustard off your hand unless you’re sure it’s mustard. I’ll just leave this here.

Rodan + Fields Mini Review

Can I be honest for a second? I love breastfeeding, but I hate the toll that it’s taking on my hormones. Dude, my skin is all kinds of messed up, and I’m terribly self-conscious about it. I’ve tried almost everything, and nothing seems to help. I feel like a broken record, as I’ve had hit-or-miss skin for a few years now.

When Sara so kindly offered to send me some Rodan + Fields samples, I quickly obliged. It seems like R+F is all over my Facebook newsfeed these days, and I’ve be seeing some of my friends make amazing claims about the products. Needless to say, I was super interested in these products.


I took this quick (like, 30 seconds) test that determined the REDEFINE regimen would be best for me. Sara quickly reached out to me to explain what she’d be sending me and why, which I greatly appreciated!

Guys, the MACRO Exfoliating scrub that she sent me is (not pictured because I used it immediately. Sorry!) It made my skin feel so smooth. After using the products for a few days, I noticed that my skin appeared less irritated, which totally got me hooked. The only thing that’s keeping me from purchasing these products RIGHT NOW is my budget. Such is life.

If you’re struggling with your skin (like I always seem to be) and you have a budget to invest in quality skincare products, you need to reach out to Sara (or check out her Facebook page.) She’s always posting amazing stuff and she’s extremely helpful!

Video Blog Day 2

Can I be honest? I have no idea how Lindsay did this every day – it’s so difficult to find the time to sit down in front of the camera. But that’s why I look up to her – she’s awesome. Here’s my video blog for the day where I’m talking about the challenges, surprises, and most rewarding aspects of new motherhood. I’m looking real attractive, per the usual.*


Video Blog Day 1

Hey there! Like I mentioned yesterday, I switching things up a bit with a week of video blogs. If you hate video blogs, come back next week and I promise things will be back to regularly scheduled programming.

Like I mention in the video, I have a few ideas of what I want to talk about in these videos, but if you have any topic suggestions, please let me know. I aim to please! :)

Anyone Can Pull Off Short Hair

Surface level, your hair is just your hair right? Nothing is permanent about a hair style; it grows. But I think all women know it isn’t “just hair.” I’m of the firm belief that hair is a big deal. It can make or break your confidence, it’s an extension of your personality, and it can be a security blanket (my longer hair certainly was!)

I’m a color-in-the-lines kinda gal. I rarely stray from my normal routine. I’m not someone who acts on a whim or a feeling, and more often than not, I do a ton of thinking (and feeling) before making any decisions. So when I decided to chop off all my hair, it was a BIG deal. Huge. Major.

Now that my hair is super short, I get complimented on it everywhere I go. Everywhere! It’s a running joke between Cory and I at this point. I normally get a “I love your hair!” followed up by, “I wish I could pull that off.” My response is always the same “You TOTALLY could!”

If you’re thinking about getting a pixie cut, here’s my 4 tip elevator pitch.

1. Not all pixies are created equal. Picking the right pixie is all about your face shape. I had pinned so many pixie pictures before getting mine, but my hair dresser was quickly able to tell me what would work with my face shape and what would look absolutely ridiculous. I was so thankful for that!


2. They are high maintenance. When I had long hair, I could go months and months between hair cuts, and if I was running late, a ponytail was always an option. Now, I have to get mine cut (or shaped up) every four to six weeks, and not doing my hair is not an option. That said, my haircuts are $16 and it now takes me three minutes to dry and style my hair. Worth it. 

3. You have to buy new jewelry. And maybe new clothes. Okay, you don’t have to, but it’s crazy how your entire style changes once you chop off your hair. I used to be all about dangly earrings, but now I much prefer statement studs. I also would have never worn a leather (aka: pleather) jacket pre-pixie, but now I rock one and love it.


4. Product is your new best friend. From finding the perfect sculpting wax to the best shampoo and conditioner, pixie cuts can’t survive without the product. I’ve found CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ leaves my hair feeling healthy and hydrated (without feeling weighed down or greasy.) CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ treats hair at the scalp, which is where 99% of your hair’s natural strength and beauty come from. Your scalp is the same skin that you have all over your body, which I’m sure you’re good about moisturizing, so it only makes sense to care for and moisturize your scalp, right? Right. 


Whether you have long flowing locks or you’re apart of the pixie club, taking care of your hair is crucial for feeling confident. Now that we’re transitioning from summer to fall (what?!) it’s important to be ahead of the dry-scalp curb and start giving your scalp a little TLC. Check out CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ and let me know what you think!

Question: What’s on your hair bucket list? I’ve always wanted to color my hair, but I always chicken out! 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

M&M’S® Crispy are Back. You’re Welcome.

Here’s some trivia for you: my beloved M&M’S® Crispy became extinct in 2005. Donezo. Caput. Adios, amigo. Had I known about the impending extinction, I would have done a better job at hoarding these delicious treats. But, no, it happened without warning and I was left to live in a world with crispless M&M’S®.

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As difficult as it was, during The Extinction, I had to move on with life.

I graduated high school and went off to college. I rushed a sorority and survived quantitative methods my sophomore year. I met Cory, got engaged, and got married. I got a Big Girl Job and traveled the world.

All the while, something was still missing.


I can assure you that I wasn’t the only one with a gaping hole in my sweet tooth, because between 2005 and 2014, M&M’S® Crispy was the company’s number one requested variety to bring back to the masses. For nine long and treacherous years, we Tweeted and Facebooked until our thumbs bled, pleading with the company to BRING BACK THE CRISP.

Glory be. M&M’S® listened.

MMS Crispy

I’m not trying to say that I was apart of a movement that changed the world, but I’ll certainly leave it open-ended so you can come to your own conclusions.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.