We always look forward to the Bachelor every season! Me and my husband love to bet on the top 3 the first night! Im not sure how I feel about Nick after this last episode of giving Corine the rose!? Looks so bad on him, and a terrible move if he wants to keep the quality girls interested! What did you think? So.. here are my top 5 in order. My blondes are struggle city this year! My look with direct links following! xoxoxo
Is there anything better than the Christmas season?! Im typically terrible about checking the mail but one of my favorite things is seeing all the cute cards with the families we love so dearly! Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays with the ones you love most! xoxo, Michelle MINTED
Im coming up on 5 weeks post delivery and anxious to start working out again! Not to necessarily rush into getting back into my skinny jeans but I love how I feel after a good sweat. Theres nothing better! I’m so excited to be partnering with my absolute favorite outdoor wear! This Lululemon outdoor wear is perfect for the cold winters here in Utah. Made to keep warm , the lycra + fleece is the perfect combat for even the most extreme, cold climates. One thing I can always count on with Lulu is comfort. The lycra provides the perfect stretch for any activity rain or shine!
I’m so anxious to get my heart pumping again! I have slowly started with walks around the neighborhood but theres nothing wrong with taking it slow, the most important thing is to listen to your body.
My tips to easing back into working:
1- Take it slow, try starting with 15 minutes of walking or stationary bike. Increase the incline on the treadmill or add 10 minutes to your session if you need more intensity.
2- Bring baby, If you’re going to wait for hubby to get home then most likely it won’t happen. Im so exhausted by the time 530 comes around that getting ready to go to the gym is not a priority, my bed is screaming my name !
3- h2O, drink up! If you’re breastfeeding and getting back to exercising its so important to keep up your intake of water to maintain your milk supply and hydration.
4- Pump/feed before, theres nothing worse than looking down at your shirt and realizing you are leaking like faucet..
5- Wear a comfortable bra thats not too tight and provides good support! Most of us have doubled( or tripled!) bra sizes and if you plan on running or doing any demanding exercising you will want a bra that is the right fit!
Some exercise is better than none! Even 10 minutes of moving that post bod will almost instantly boost your mood!
I have always been a little obsessive about having clear skin, I wasn’t one of those girls genetically gifted with a perfect complexion. My skin was never TERRIBLE but I got breakouts and had my fair share of appointments to see our dermatologist. My family has always been religious about seeing a dermatologist after my dad had a cancerous mole on his arm removed that was diagnosed melanoma carcinoma. Thank goodness nothing aggressive came from it but it definitely has made us more aware of the importance of taking care of our skin and using SPF daily. I’ve had several people email me asking me what I recommend for skincare and makeup so here is my rundown and tagged below on my favorites!
I have used SO many different skin care lines, my skin is pretty sensitive and have had some serious allergic reactions! I had a year of trying out new products so often and waking up looking like Shrek on a monthly basis.. I wish I had a photo for proof, my eyes would be completely swollen with one more than the other. Im very particular about what I put on my face now and all about using clean, high potency products. I haven’t had any issue for years and have had no more shrek moments! WOOP! I now use SCINCEAUTICALS and ARCONA. They are THE BEST! I have linked both websites that explain the benefits of these lines, they are organically made with the best ingredients and if you’re into smells, ARCONA smells heavenly!
“Born from decades of skin cancer research that led to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants,
our high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.
Made in the USA, our clinical skincare is used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons,and medi-spas for daily
homecare and to complement aesthetic procedures. We formulate to correct signs of aging,protect healthy skin,
and prevent future damage.” – SKINCEUTICALS
I think this was my first foundation purchased in high school and one that I always buy to this day! The coverage is light, has an SPF 30, and gives your skin the perfect dewy finish. If you like more coverage this is great underneath and you kill two birds, with SPF too!
I always have 2-3 different foundations that I use depending on what Im doing. For more coverage that still feels breathable on the skin and gives the prettiest finish go for this new Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I am obsessed with this one(the link would not work for here, but is tagged on liketoknowit sent to your email)! The person helping me at Nordstrom was wearing this and it looked so flawless that I switched the one I was leaning towards and bought this one, Im so happy I did. This might be a new favorite of mine! AND it has SPF 35. It comes in a compact with a sponge, which is fine to use but I prefer using my beauty blender.
Hope this was helpful, xoxo Michelle!