How To Stay Moisturized During The Colder Months

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner, which means drier skin. Personally, it’s quite essential for me to be heavily moisturized considering I naturally have drier skin and hair. Here are some products that I recommend that will make your whole body become completely hydrated and moisturized:

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream (6.5 oz.)

This is probably the only skin cream that I can use on my face without it over drying. I apply this on my face after each wash. For only $4.99, this cream seems to last forever. I can go months without purchasing another one. Pond’s leaves my skin hydrated and well-moisturized without using a copious amount of it.

Dove Winter Care Body Wash (22 oz.)

In general, I love using Dove on any given day, but Dove Winter Care body wash is exactly what my skin craves during these colder months. The smell is amazing and the way it treats and moisturizes your skin is out of this world. This product retails for $5.94 and it contains a lot in just one bottle. Dove Winter Care is a part of a limited edition, so only available for this season. It’s selling pretty fast, get yours today!

Love Beauty and Planet Coconut and Mimosa Flower Shower Oil (6.7 oz.)

I like to use this shower oil after using the Dove Winter Care body wash to add extra moisture before stepping out of the shower. Love Beauty And Planet Coconut and Mimosa Flower Shower Oil is a great addition to your shower routine if you want softer, more radiant skin. This retails at $6.99 and it’s an excellent product to include in your self-care routine.

Johnson’s Shea And Cocoa Butter Baby Oil (20 0z.)

Johnson’s Shea Cocoa Butter Baby Oil is not just for babies, but for mommies too. This product is great to lock in the moisture that your body received from the other aforementioned products in the shower. This baby oil is a great alternative for lotion, it smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling softer than ever. This product is only $4.99 and it’s worth every single drop. 

Johnson’s Baby Lotion With Coconut Oil (27.1 oz)

This lotion is like fine wine, it just becomes better over the years. If you want to add even more moisture to your daily shower routine and smell amazing simultaneously, this product is just for you. This provides a good amount of lotion for just $5.38.

Design Essentials Almond And Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Leave-In Conditioner (12 oz.)

  If you are a curly girl with a drier hair texture, this leave-in conditioner is for you. This product smells absolutely glorious and instantly provides the right amount of moisture when applied. This is an excellent accessory for the colder months, it’s also reasonably priced at $12.99. 

These products can help your skin prepare for the upcoming colder months. Mama, treat your skin and give it the self-care that it needs!

 

Log Off, For A Peace Of Mind

 Social media has helped us stay connected to family and friends during this rigid pandemic. However, sometimes I have felt completely overwhelmed by constantly being exposed to tragic news, drama, death and economic problems. Being in the age of technology, we are taught that being in the “loop” and remaining  connected to our social platforms is important to live a normal life, but I discovered that it’s impossible to achieve, especially if you want to maintain a healthy state of mind. Self-care isn’t just about taking a break from our kids or utilizing products that make us feel good, but it’s also being aware that your mental health matters. Social media can convince us that we aren’t living up to societal standards by not having a specific lifestyle or looking a certain way causing us to react negatively towards ourselves. Studies have shown that an unhealthy amount of time spent on social media can increase the risk of developing anxiety, depression and even suicidal ideation. There have been plenty of times where I disconnected completely from social media because I just needed the mental break. During this time, I reevaluated what was really important to me and how to better care for myself. I discovered building a better relationship with my family, meditating as well as being physically healthy is way more important than who said what on social media. Even if it’s just for a few hours, I encourage you to take a break from social media and go for a walk to clear your mind, listen to your favorite songs or do whatever it is that helps you relax and distress. Mental health is necessary in order to function and be the best boss mama you can be. Social media will always be there, but your sanity may not. It’s not mandatory to always be socially involved. Sometimes the best and most meaningful moments are spent not knowing about some spilled “tea.” Mama, go ahead and log off for a greater peace of mind.

Storytime Sunday: “Mommy A ‘Pider!”

When my oldest daughter Ysabel, was around 3 years old, we used to live in this old semi-rundown townhome. One afternoon, Ysabel was playing with her toys in her room. She invited me to play with her, I thought it would be fun so I happily accepted. As we were playing with her toys, a spider appeared out of nowhere and fell onto the ground from one of her toys. I noticed it first and it took a second to register what it actually was. Once I realized what it was, being the mature adult in her life, I panicked and yelled “Ysabel what is that?!” She looked at it and immediately realized what it was and screamed at the top of her lungs, she said “mommy a ‘pider!!!!” Leading by example, I ran out of the room first, and she quickly followed behind me. We only made it to the hallway when we started to scream back and forth like we were speaking in our own language. The screaming continued for about 5 more minutes, ending with shaking our bodies off as if the spider was on us. When we finally calmed down, we hesitantly creeped towards her room, she insisted that I enter first to make sure it was safe to be in there, I reluctantly agreed. Slowly, I tipped-toed to the spot where the spider decided to scare us, lo and behold, it was smashed in the carpet with a couple of legs scattered in a nearby area. I am assuming when we bolted for the door, we killed the scary suspect. We were both relieved that the ‘pider didn’t have the chance to bite or crawl on us. I was able to clean any evidence of it from the carpet to assure my three year old that she doesn’t have to fear its return ( well at least that particular one), she felt confident to continue to play with her toys without a disruption from a frightening creepy-crawly. As she was playing with her toys, I went to my bedroom, to quietly reflect on what had just transpired. I was in disbelief that I lacked maturity when my daughter was most vulnerable. I chuckled, and promised myself, next time, I will let her run first…

Peanut, A Boss Mama’s Social Networking Companion

Boss Mamas,

Do you need some motherly social interaction, but are limited due to the pandemic? Look no further than the Peanut app. Peanut is a free and safe social network app that can be easily downloaded onto your phone. This app helps connect and guide women from fertility to motherhood. Peanut gives you the capability to chat, discover and meet women who are just like you. It is available and active in the US, UK, Australia and Europe. Peanut helps women who are expecting, trying to conceive or already mothers, build friendships and find support. This app introduces you to other women in your own community that are in a similar stage in life. Peanut helps mothers share their experiences, learn from one another as well as offer much needed advice. Personally, I discovered this app when I was feeling lonely in the last month of my pregnancy and was in need of some social interaction. I felt like I belonged because other women had experiences that were similar to mine. It was nice to meet new people in an environment that I felt comfortable in. Whether it’s understanding IVF, adoption, pregnancy, first years or nursery and beyond, Peanut is designed for women just like you. Boss mamas, what are you waiting for? Get connected with Peanut.https://peanut.app.link/njsQ3aW6L7

How To Maintain Your Sanity During The Pandemic

Let’s face it, constantly staying in the house, with kids can be draining. Don’t dismay, you don’t have to dread this pandemic, you can make the most out of it. Being productive with purpose is probably one of the best ways to combat against the pandemic blues. What I mean by being productive with purpose is creating a routine that can make your day fulfilling. A routine that consists of mental, intellectual, physical and emotional satisfaction. The following are some suggestions that you could include to enhance your daily routine. Find podcasts that are enjoyable and relatable. A podcast can be your portable best friend. I enjoy listening to podcasts that discuss current events as well as economical and cultural issues. FaceTime or video call your loved ones and friends. Even though it may not be physically possible to interact with the people that you usually connect with, FaceTime or video calling them can help alleviate depression and help build stronger bonds. Work it out! Exercise has been proven to improve cognitive function, reduce anxiety and depression, as well as boosting self-esteem. There are a variety of workout apps specifically for women, that are available on Google Play or in the Apple Store. Read a good book. Reading improves memory and helps give a more optimistic outlook on life. Clear some space. Sometimes we start to lose our sanity by living with clutter, cleaning your house can put you in a better mood. Have a pandemic discussion with your children. Having a pandemic discussion can clear up any confusion about COVID and give them a better understanding on what it is and why they have to discontinue school and social interaction for a while. It’s a huge transition for kids as well, considering they have grown accustomed to going to school and interacting with others on a daily basis, to now, only currently interacting through computer screens. Mama, start today by being productive with purpose to alleviate the pandemic blues and begin living your best life. You got this!

Musical Therapy Session

 While I was studying for my Masters in Psychology something that I learned really resonated with me and that was music can be therapeutic and is actually proven to alleviate stress, muscle tension as well as depression. Music can even boost self-esteem, being a lover of music, I found that comforting. Struggling with postpartum depression, it can be difficult to be in good spirits all of the time. The other day, I decided to listen to songs that I haven’t listened to in quite awhile like Torn by Natalie Imbruglia, Don’t Speak by No Doubt and Ironic by Alanis Morissette. Listening to those songs brought back forgotten memories of the past and it encouraged me,  eventually I found myself singing and dancing along. Before I knew it, I spent an hour listening to my favorite songs, and realized I created my own personal therapy session, with music. Afterwards, I felt so much better. No matter if you enjoy listening to Billie Holiday or System of a Down. Mental health is important. If you need therapy after hours, create your own musical therapy session. What are you waiting for, mama? Take some time out of your day and listen to your favorite tunes, and heal, even if it’s just for a little while.

You Need A 15 Minute Timeout

Today, I woke up feeling like….. An exhausted, zombie mom. No, not P. Diddy, even though some aspects of his life would be quite nice, well at least the financial ones. I am the proud mother of 2 girls. My first born is 9 years old. She is my helper, she talks like she has no breaths and is always so energetic it seems as if she comes equipped with batteries. My second daughter is my baby literally, she is only 2 months old and one of the main reasons why I feel like an exhausted, zombie mom. Last night, she just refused to go to sleep. She would give me false hope and close her eyes and pretend that she was asleep for 15 minutes, then randomly wake up with a loud cry and then laugh when I got up to put her cry silencer in her mouth again. I am convinced that she believes that I don’t need sleep, but her sweet precious smile just melts me and makes me forget that I have been sleep deprived ever since she was born. Being a mom, you can become stuck in a rut, and put all of your energy and focus towards your children, that you forget about the one person who is always there for them, yourself. Yes, our children are top priority and they require our special attention, but it’s also top priority to take care of yourself as well. As my mom has always said, if you don’t take care of yourself, who will? This is a serious question for moms to evaluate. It’s okay to have five minutes to ourselves. It’s not a sin if we spend money on what we like. We desperately need to incorporate self-care in our daily regimen or we could have a serious unnecessary breakdown. Trust me, it was hard at first, including daily self-care sessions, but it’s truly worth it. Even if it’s 10 minutes a day, you are worth every minute. In my posts, I will suggest a daily helpful tip or trick for self-care because, sis, we just need the break. So here is my first helpful tip: Give yourself a 15 minute timeout! My first 15 minute timeout was in the bathroom because if my kids saw me, one would cry for me and the other would talk so much that my own thoughts would go unheard. I told my significant other and my nine year old that I needed to use the bathroom, and no lies were told. You see, I did need to use the bathroom, to gather my thoughts, to breathe, reflect and feel like a human again. Moms have a reputation of giving so much that we are depleted at the end of the day, and that is ultimately destructive behavior, because if you overextend yourself and give everything you have both mentally and physically to your partner and children, what is left for yourself? Mama, give yourself that 15 minute timeout, because you are definitely worth it!

My Top 5 Favorite Self-Care Products

For me to initiate self-care, I need something to work with and that means self-care tools and products. Smelling and feeling good is essential for boosting your self-esteem and helping you become comfortable in your own skin. Here are my top five favorite products for self-care:

  1. Method Body Simply NourishBody Wash and Bar ( Body Wash 18 fl.oz and Body Bar 6 oz)

You want your skin to feel completely nourished, hydrated and delicious. Try Method Body in the scent Simply Nourish. This product combines coconut, rice milk and shea butter to give you the perfect refreshing scent. The body wash retails at $6.99 and the bar $3.99. This is affordable for something that smells so luxurious. 

  1. The Honey Pot Sensitive Wash (5.51 fl.oz)

Feminine care is important to a woman, especially a mama considering we go through so many changes after childbirth, having the right feminine wash is essential. This product is amazing and it definitely helps me feel clean and protected. The Honey Pot retails at $9.99.If you are in the market for an effective feminine wash try The Honey Pot products, you will not regret purchasing this. 

  1. Reshma Beauty Face Wash, Turmeric (5.07 fl.oz)

When I discovered this product, it was life-changing. My skin has never looked this good. This is a deep cleansing face wash that helps manage breakouts and contains anti-inflammatory and healing properties. My skin is naturally dryer, and before using this product, I was never able to wash my face twice a day which caused me to break out because so much dirt would accumulate on my skin throughout the day. Now, I can wash my face twice a day without my skin over drying. In love with this product! This face wash retails at $14.99.

  1. OGX Extra Creamy Coconut Miracle Oil Lotion (29.25 fl.oz)

If you have dry skin like me, then this lotion is perfect for you. The OGX Extra Creamy Coconut Miracle Oil Lotion makes you smell like a tropical island. Thick in texture, you don’t need much to cover your whole body. The scent is incredible, you will be receiving compliments all day. This retails at $12.50

  1. Good Chemistry, Queen Bee (4.25 fl.oz)

Do you want to smell like a boss mom? Take a trip to Target and smell like success with this body spray. This product is infused with essential oils and helps you make a bold statement. I love using this spray when I need to be more confident, like Beyonce. The price is incredible, it retails at $9.99

What are you waiting for, mama? Get your self-care on and start purchasing products that you enjoy!

Ready, Set, Self-Care!

As a busy mom, self-care can be difficult to maintain, but it’s definitely worth it. If self-care is not included in your daily regimen, you will start to lose yourself as a woman. Here are 3 easy ways to incorporate self-care on a daily basis that are not so time consuming: 1. Purchase your favorite body wash and lotion. I know it may sound silly, but smelling and being clean is an important step to self-care. Trust me, you will feel like a woman again. 2. Watch YouTube videos about self-care. You might be thinking I sound like quite the crazy person, but this is a great way to learn about what works with your budget as well as researching what type of products are actually out there. 3. Comfy and cute pajamas are necessary. Wearing the same old raggedy pajamas at night after you have taken a well-deserved shower can be depressing. Spice up your night with some cute pajamas. This will definitely help boost your self-esteem. So what are you waiting for? Get your self-care on mama!