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My current outfit is on major repeat!! Raise your hand if you love a good workout outfit! These shorts are my very favorite pair! They’re great for everything from downward dog pose in yoga to running after cute kiddos! The waistband is wide and sit at a very comfortable mid-rise position. They also have full pockets! How awesome is that? The top is one of my new favs as well! It’s long enough to tuck and can easily be worn with shorts or leggings! Linking my favorite sneakers too! For reference, I’m wearing a medium in the top and bottoms. Hurry only a few sizes left and marked way down!!

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Shorts | Top | Shoes

 

Today’s top was a nursing friendly find from my favorite online store! I love how cool it is in the summer with its waffle weave, and button front! It’s a little hard to tell, but I tied the bottom into the cutest knot! These shorts are also a favorite. High rise and you’ll definitely want to size up one since they run a bit small. My slides are super comfy, and super affordable! I love how they give just a little sparkle to my outfit! My ring sling is sold out, but I’ve linked other options for you as well!

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Top | Shorts | Slides | Ring Sling

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Dresses for Spring!

The weather has finally warmed up here, and we’re heading to the beach soon to celebrate the end of busy season! So that means its time to start looking for dresses! Many of these would be great for weddings, bridal showers, Easter, Mother’s Day or just to take on vacation!

I’ve tried to select reasonably priced dresses, all of the dresses are under $100, most are under $50! I love all of these dresses and rompers, they remind me of winter melting away with their bold colors and fresh floral patterns.

 

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Floral Dress | Nude Pumps | Bamboo Bag | Statement Earrings

 

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Side Plunge Halter Dress | Pump Sandals | Statement Earrings |Neutral Clutch

 

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Romper | Sandal | Earrings | Clutch | Earrings

 

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Striped Maxi |Neutral Clutch | Earrings| Slip on Sandals | Earrings

 

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Romper | Caramel Sandals | Hat | Bag | Earrings

More fun spring dresses…

 

Floral | Stripes |Purple

 

White Floral | Blue Stripes | Green

White mules and sandals are perfect for this time of year, here are a few fun styles.

Greece Sandal|Bay Cutout Slide Sandal | Mule | Clara Mule

 

I love these neutral handbags to pair with the bold stripes and lots of pops of color of the dresses and rompers this spring. I’d recommend a liner with the bamboo clutch.

 

Leather Clutch | Small Round Bag | Larger Round Bag | Bamboo Clutch

There are so many affordable statement earrings to choose from, its so hard to pick only one! Which is your favorite?

 

I hope you’ll enjoy being outdoors this spring! If you try any of these outfits, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #delightfulsouthernmoments

 

xo,

Christine

 

Glowing Cool Weather Skin!

I’m so excited to share my beauty routine for glowing skin in the fall / winter months! Keeping skin hydrated is key to healthy, radiant skin! Let’s face it, as we age our skin needs more TLC, a lot more TLC.

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I am such a Target girl- I love the price point and that I can count on them to carry one of my favorite, and recommended by my dermatologist, brands, Neutrogena. Introduced several years ago, the Hydro Boost line has really taken off in the last year, and for good reason!

 

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My absolute favorite under eye moisturizer Hyaluronic Acid Gel Eye Cream, which you all have heard about me mention before is amazing! It is specially designed to help smooth the skin around the eyes, boosting skin’s hydration level and locks it in all day! I also love this super gentle, non- pore clogging 12 hour Oil-Free Daily Facial Moisturizer. With a broad Spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen, it also helps prevent premature signs of aging caused by the sun! And did you know it’s recommended to wear sunscreen even in cooler seasons? My last favorite Neutrogena skin product is the Hydro Boost Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. I use this each morning to really wake up my face and give it a fresh glow.

But what about my secret night-time skin care routine? This is something I’ve been working on for the past year! Before I go to bed is when the real magic happens- and I hope you all are excited as I am! On Amazon Prime Day, I finally took the leap to try the Clarisonic Mia 1, Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System. This amazing little tool removes makeup, dirt, oil, and sweat 6x better than hands alone!! I use it with my other amazing secret, a small amount of TULA Probiotic Skin Care Purifying Face Cleanser, Deep Pore Cleansing Wash applied right on the brush head. My face has never felt cleaner, and been clearer since I started using these two together.

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My last two beauty items are a bit controversial, but stick with me. I’m really excited to share a Vitamin C + serum that was recommended to me by a friend. Vitamin C + Collagen helps brighten and visibly firm the skin. It really does create a youthful glow! The Hyaluronic Acid + Retinol help to banish dark circles, and get firmer, that also works as anti-wrinkle serum. See? I told you this stuff was pretty awesome! And finally, my Alo Verra Derma-Roller. While perhaps this one might get the most reservation from you, hear me out. As we age, our skin looses its elasticity, and firmness. Also if you have any acne scaring, you might notice those take longer to heal. I LOVE the roller for this very reason. It works so well, you’ll just have to try it and let me know in the comments what you think! After washing my face, I continue to use this Night Cream.

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I’ve been loving my recent beauty finds and sharing them with you! What products are you currently into?

xo,

Christine

 

 

Nordstrom Sale

If you haven’t already scooped up a few items, I’m helping you avoid going through the 200 plus pages! Below are my picks, lots of feminine ruffles, flattering high-waisted shorts and pieces that go from office, to playdate to dinner date.

 

 

Ruffle Hem Stripe Skirt | Ruffle Stretch Cotton Blouse | Ruffle Shorts | Twist Front Tee | Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic | Lace-Up Ruffle Miniskirt | Raw Edge Side Slit Tee | Cascading Ruffle Top | Ami Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans | Wrap Top | Ruffle Sleeve Top | Matera High Waist Shorts | Tie Front Shorts | Whisper Ditsy Ruffle Sleeve Top | Eyelet Ruffle Hem High Waist Shorts | Steve Madden Carrson Sandal | Midnight Hours Short Robe | Lilith Satin Robe

 

There you have it! My top picks, plus a few great items for new moms! I hope this is helpful, leave a comment below of your favorites!

My Spring Routine + Must Haves!

Spring is finally here! At least in our state, how are the temps where you are?

This week we have highs in the low 70s and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been testing several new products that I can’t wait to share with you all, plus a few favorites I had to bring out again. Ready to rev up your spring skin care routine?

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I am so excited to share with you some of my new favorite skin and hair care products. Let’s start with my tried and true must haves! I have been using this Neutrogena® Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser For Sensitive Skin since my dermatologist recommended it. I love that it doesn’t dry out my skin, is strong enough to wash away makeup and sweat from the day, and doesn’t cost through the nose like so many other doctor prescribed cleansers. My best kept secret that I found a few months ago is this MARIO BADESCU Plastic Bottle Drying Lotion. I am not kidding when I say this is the best acne fighting product I have ever tried. Even the product the dermatologist recommended for me isn’t as awesome as this. And my newest obsession is this R+F MICRO-DERMABRASION PASTE. I found out about this through an online group I’m part of and I’m obsessed. As we age, our skin is slower to regenerate, and in my case removes excess tissue which leads to pore blockage. That is why I’m obsessed with this R+F paste. It helps remove dead skin leaving my face feeling so amazing. I use this once a week at most, it’s that awesome.

 

 

My Two Favorite Life changing Favorite Products.

R+F MICRO-DERMABRASION PASTE and Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo

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If I could only buy two items, these are the two I could buy. I love this dry shampoo. It makes my life as a mom so much better. I’ve tried several dry shampoos including some good brand name ones. But none are as reliable as this one.

 

My second favorite mom-hair helper is this Caviar Style Satin Rapid Blowout Balm. I love that it cuts my hair drying time in half. And it plus my leave in conditioner makes my hair feel so silky soft!

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A couple of my other favorite new and tried and true beauty products are the Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+, Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer Light Sand , Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel and Lady Like ESSIE Nail Polish!

I can’t say enough about the CC+ cream, I love the coverage, color and feel of this foundation. This brow gel is my go to, probably because it’s so easy to use. I have a bare minerals eyebrow filler that I love, but when i don’t have time, for all that- I love to just use this gel. It’s that good. And can we talk about my favorite new under-eye concealer? I tried a new color, Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer Light Sand  and couldn’t be happier with the coverage! I love how much it brightens up my dark circles, which due to genes I still have even if I sleep 9 hours at night!  I love this nail color, can we talk about all the pretty colors this spring? I love this color and I think this is a fantastic color that works for most skin tons!

 

Fertility

I was really struggling with posting this item. But I’m hoping it will open the door to other ladies that want to take control of their bodies, reduce their chemical intake and take charge of their health. Many of you may have read about our family’s loss late last year. Miscarriage occurs in 1/5 pregnancies, but there is still a lot of  fear (?) in speaking about. Even if you are not trying to conceive- owning your own fertility is so empowering. I’m so excited to use the Clear-blue Fertility Monitor this spring, and encourage you to find a way to connect further with your body.

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Forever in Love

The last thing I want to share with you all is something near and dear to my heart. If you and your loved one are ready to take the next step in your life and are looking for the perfect ring, I can’t speak highly enough about choosing moissanite for your gem stone. I received my hand-crafted beautiful rose-gold ring nearly 5 years ago and it still sparkles as it did the day I was gifted it. Diamonds may be a girls best friend, but I’d rather have something big and sparkly to share with all my friends.

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And that’s it- you now know all my secrets. What are your favorite spring skin care or beauty products I may have left off? I’m looking for a new blush and am always in search of a good lip color. Please comment below and share your favs!

xo,

Christine

 

 

My Beauty Routine

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I’m so excited to share my current beauty routine with you! I feel like skin-care is an on going battle and who on earth thought we’d be dealing with breakouts and wrinkles in our thirties?!

This winter has already been quiet cold in the southeastern part of the states. And my skin has been begging for some good moisturizers.

I recently discovered an amazing night moisturizer by Neutrogena. It’s not too heavy, but feels soo good when I use it. Another new favorite I love this Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Eye. I use the moisturizer in the evenings, and the eye cream twice daily. This third find, an anti-wrinkle cream is my new obsession. Neutrogena claims you’ll see results in seven days, and they’re right, the results are amazing!!

 

 

In the morning I use the hydro boost eye cream and my favorite (and recommended by my dermatologist) daily moisturizer with sunscreen. I love this stuff, it’s so amazing. And if you don’t have a daily cleanser, I highly recommend this one by, you guessed it, Neutrogena. It’s great at taking off makeup, and I don’t feel like it dries out my skin.

 

 

That was skin care, pretty simple and straight forward. If you have additional tips or products you love, please share them in the comments below! But before we move on to the best part, we have to talk about acne. How is it that as adults we’re still dealing with this stuff? I’m over the moon to tell you about this Mario Badescu product that I’m obsessed with. It works miracles. If you get a random pimple on your face, or even if you have some whiteheads you’ve been struggling with- this stuff is life changing.

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Ok, now on to my most favorite new makeup finds!

This IT cream gives full, flawless, perfect coverage and protects your skin with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. And it  never creases! Another recent find are these two Hourglass Bronzer and Dim Light Illuminator are perfect for creating dimension and conturing. Another fantastic find is this High browHigh brow pencil. Perfect for the mom who looks tired, but doesn’t want to! You can apply this under your eyebrow for a lifting affect, and also to the lower eye lid tear line to brighten your eyes! (A huge shout out to my favorite IG gal, Courtney Sheilds for suggesting some of these products on her IG stories). And I had to include my new favorite rose gold eye lash curler.

 

 

 

What would you add? Do you have favorite moisturizers you like to use in the winter months? Have you tried face masks or have a favorite facial you like to get?

xo,

Christine

A Minimalist Guide to Stress-Free Traveling with Toddlers & Babies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It also means the days are getting shorter, and we’re all rushing around getting ready for the holidays. If that includes traveling, a little planning in advanced could mean the difference between a jolly holiday, and a stressed out mama. Follow these 5 simple tips for a stress free trip.

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1 // Paperwork

Make sure you have all paperwork for the airport / road trip. This includes drivers’ license for mom and dad, and a copy of your little one(s) birth certificate for the airport.

2 // Pack light

You’ll no doubt need to bring snacks, a change of clothes and a few favorite toys, but try to keep the “extras” to a minimum. What can do double duty? That baby blanket, could it also be a nursing cover? Do you really need a stroller and a baby carrier? Select those items which will make your life easiest going through security.

3 // At the airport

Arrive early. I can’t say that enough. It took us an hour to go through security on our last trip! Taking a stroller? Consider if the stroller / wheel chair lines are moving more quickly through security. These are often shorter but do come with their own risk of getting stuck behind a grandma who brought too many bottles of perfume or liqueur filled chocolates.

4 // On the Plane

Once on the plane, try to snag an isle seat so you can get up and walk around if the little one(s) get fussy, but if the plane is already looking half full, grab a seat as close to the front of the plane as possible. You might be exhausted after your flight and won’t want to hang out on the plane any longer than you have to waiting for all the other passengers to get off. Speaking of getting on the plane, ask the flight attendants as soon as you enter the plane if you can have a water. Often they can easily grab a can and hand it to you as you walk by. Unless you remembered to fill your water bottle in the terminal, this refreshing water will be awesome, I promise.

5 // At your Destination

Make plans a head of time to discuss a meal once you’ve arrived. Is there a place by the airport you’ll want to stop by? Or will you be heading straight to relatives house? Call ahead of your trip to discuss having a meal that is quick and easy to make – something that your little one(s) will eat. Believe me, you’ll be thankful for this opportunity to get some real food in their bellies. This will be a great time to get an inventory of what toiletries, diapers, etc., are available, and what you’ll need to shop for during your visit.

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If you’re driving to your destination, you may be temped to pack everything you “might need” because, well, you have the space right?! Avoid this temptation, as it will mean you have MORE to keep up with. Also, can you plan out stops on your trip? Perhaps there are fantastic parks or sights you’d like to see on the way to your destination? A trick from my in-laws is to have each parent only drive 90 minutes. It may seem like too many stops, but if you have a newly potty trained toddler in the back seat, they’ll appreciate the stops (so yes, bring that little potty!). And it will keep mom and dad fresh and attentive to the road.

Airport Tips

Below is our MINIMALIST Packing List.

For Baby

IN YOUR CARRY-ON, TO STAY WITH YOU ON PLANE:

  • Diapers (enough for your travel time, plus a couple extra)
  • Wipes (lots! And these can double-duty for cleaning the plane seat area)
  • Pack a change of clothes (things happen)
  • Favorite toy(s)
  • Nursing Cover/ Blanket (if you’re still nursing)
  • Snacks
  • Sippy cup / bottle(s) (Avoid temptation to fill sippy cups ahead of time if possible, TSA will slow you down to check these. But formula and breast milk bottles, and baby food CAN BE brought on board. Be sure to tell the TSA agent ahead of screening to save headaches.)

IN PLASTIC BAG, EASILY ACCESSIBLE (ON TOP OF CARRY-ON) FOR TSA:

  • Infant Tylenol or Motrin
  • Small Hand Sanitizer
  • Diaper Cream

IN YOUR SUITCASE OR TO BE CHECKED IF DESIRED:

  • 2 outfits per day of trip (extra in case of accidents, over 5 days plan to do laundry or purchase on trip, you’ll have a fun memory and a new shirt!)
  • Socks
  • Swim Diaper / Bathing suit (these will not take much space & are hard to buy)
  • Hat (warm or cool weather depending on your destination)
  • Pajamas
  • Brush/ Comb
  • Sweater / Dressy outfit depending on events
  • Shoes

For Parents

IN YOUR CARRY-ON, TO STAY WITH YOU ON PLANE:

  • Driver’s License & Wallet
  • Empty water bottle
  • Sunglasses or glasses for vision correction
  • Phone & phone charger(s)
  • Sweater or Jacket
  • Extra shirt

IN YOUR SUITCASE OR TO BE CHECKED IF DESIRED:

  • Pants (shorts, jeans, leggings for mamas, etc. We recommend 1 pair of each depending on your events schedule for every 4 days of your trip)
  • Shirt (1 per day of your trip, over 5 days plan to do laundry or purchase on trip, you’ll have a fun memory and a new shirt!)
  • Dress / Dress Shirt & Slacks (Based on your personal style, bring more dresses and less pants/ shirts if you like to wear dresses- 1 per every 4 days of your trip).
  • Undergarments & Socks
  • Bathing suit (take one, it takes very little space and is difficult to buy)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush
  • Hair brush/ comb
  • Curing iron / straightener
  • Small bag of makeup essentials, hair ties, bobby pins
  • Medications
  • Shoes / Sandals
  • Sweater

Leave home your toothpaste, face wash, make up remover, dry shampoo and hair spray and other small toiletry items as these can be borrowed from relatives or purchased cheaply at your destination.

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Minimalist Travel Guide

If you’re traveling with gifts, be sure to leave them unwrapped. Airport security may need to check your bags and frowns upon gift wrapped items. We hope our tips and packing list helpful. We love a certain airline where bags fly free and highly suggest weighing all your options/ costs when booking airfare.

Thanks for checking out our tips and packing list and happy travels!

xo,

Christine

 

We want to hear from you! What would you add?

  • For those who have traveled with a baby or a toddler, what tips would you add?
  • Are there other things you did to make the trip easier?
  • Was there something else you did to reduce stress?
  • Would you ever have one parent fly with the kid(s), while the second drives your car to your destination?