Ways to Keep your Mom Sanity in Check

Hey Loves,

Today I’m talking about Sanity. How you should keep it down when under stress and how I keep mine in check when I’m having a crazy and stressed day. Mothers are the type who work 24/7 and don’t get paid for it.. of course only in kisses and hugs from our kids. But honestly, sometimes life and being a mom can get overwhelming. We do everything for everyone and never get to fully have a day to use. When I’m having a stressful day and feel like I’m losing my shit I sit down in the room locked and just cry it out. Honestly, it helped so much to just let everything go and have no one bothering me or asking me for anything. My kids can be in the other room going crazy and knowing I’m just getting a second to breathe really keeps my stress levels down. I love to do face masks and do some skincare facials on days when my skin is stressed from all the stress I’m dealing with these are more quick ways to just focus on me while I’m out the shower or before bed.

I can admit I can get a bit overwhelmed with much. I’m home often alone and with my kids tending to there every little need. And although I love being a mom it gets tiring and my body and mind need some TLC and some sleep. I mean a full 8-10 hours. Haha. If only. Another way is to write it out. Literally right down how your feeling each day and the end of the week see how far you’ve come. Having less stressful days and feeling at peace with yourself really makes me feel like I’m getting my crap together and not going crazy with everything and everyone else. I love keeping a spiral notebook by me and writing my thoughts before I go to sleep that way I can let everything go and sleep peacefully.

I feel like at night if I don’t get my thoughts out I have more trouble sleeping than anything and doing this really helps me get my thoughts and my anger out on paper. if I’m stressed during the day with my kids or my husband or whatever we’re dealing with at home together I feel like it helps me alleviate some of that off my back. so doing this really helps me feel at peace when I’m sleeping and just makes me feel like the next day will be a better day than it was today. Another way that I like to alleviate some stress is by talking to a close friend or family member of what I’m going through just to get some of that advice and maybe their insight on things that I can do to just get my mind off of things that I’m dealing with.

I like joining Mom groups either on Facebook or Twitter and being able to talk to other moms about what you’re going through and feel like you’re not the only one dealing with this is very helpful. You never know you can wind up making friends that way or build bonds and relationships with other moms in your area and have play dates. I’ll link down below some mom groups I’m on Facebook.

Mom’s Support Group

Mom.com

The Mom Life Suppprt Group

You can join these groups by answering the questions and you’ll be able to join.

I hope some of these Tips or ways I help with stress help you. If you have good ways to help you be stress-free and give yourself some love let me know down below.

Xo Marielli 💕

Update | Life | Blog Goals

hey everyone,

it’s been away too long, gosh I haven’t blogged since May. That’s despicable. I could admit it’s been hard for me lately. Being a stay at home mom has its perks and downfalls. honestly, I’ve been in a funk with blogging and haven’t been motivated as much as I used to be. I feel like all these trends with beauty come up and it’s so hard to keep up with especially when you’re a stay at home mom with one income. I see so many people blogging nowadays and see their achievements and I get stuck saying whens my turn for success and goals met. blogging is a full-time job and its definitely not an easy thing to do when you have a billion other things on your plate.

I feel like things don’t come easy and I learned to understand that I need to take my time when it comes to growing this blog or my following on Instagram. this whole following and the unfollowing game is ridiculous and really stressful that’s why I’ve been missing and just focusing on myself and my family. I think social media becomes so fake and some people can take it a bit too seriously and become nasty about things. I can’t lie and say I never became obsessed with it. from getting followers to my like count I was on it 24/7 and saw it becoming a problem so I stopped posting as often as I did.

It’s hard to keep up with peoples pages as well. I felt like I was being used at times to help get PR or help a person grow their page. once there page grew they unfollowed me. I want to change and be better at everything in my life and be more real with you all about everything. Photos online gave you all the sugarcoated shit and I don’t want to do that for you guys because you all have given me so much support. I am definitely going to revamp and fix this blog up and expand my topic to new things like Mental health, marriage topics, real life motherhood and more. Of course I will be keeping my beauty, skincare and children’s product reviews on here but it won’t be excessive.

I want to be able to connect and change things in ways that make an effect in real life. I want to change the way I engage with you all and want to have you see the real true Marielli. With that being said stay tuned for a new revamp on the blog, some new blog topics & real-life talk.

DIY – Sugar Waxing With Sugar Bella Co.

Sugar Waxing !!! what is it? how do you use it? and how are you able to use it at home the safe and easy way I’ll tell you how. I’ve never tried any types of at home waxing kits until I got the chance to review Sugar Bella Co Sugar Paste Kit. Here are my thoughts and experience with them.

Sugar Bella Co. makes this incredible waxing kit that’s all natural and safe to use. You could even use it while pregnant. I was a bit nervous at first to actually wax myself because well I could admit it’s been a while since I’ve waxed my face or any part of my body. I’m more of a razor type of gal but ever since I used this sugar kit I think I’m changing my razor for a wax strip instead. Waxing is easier to use, safer and helps lessen the growth of your hair by removing it completely from the root. As to shaving only cuts the top portion of the hair and keeping the root intact.

This sugar paste is vegan, handmade, hypoallergenic, and has all natural ingredients such as

🌿 Sugar

🌿 Aqua

🌿 Citrus Mitis Blanco Juice

The container of wax can be heated at about 30seconds in the microwave and let it cool before applying so you don’t burn your skin. Especially the sensitive areas. One thing I liked about this sugar paste is that it was very easy to apply and the woven cloths covered a good amount of area. These can also be cut to different sizes if need be. I also loved the scent and the comfortability I had doing this in my own home.

I used this for my peach fuzz on the side of my face and for my forehead where I tend to break out the most because of clogged pores. Once cooled I applied it to my fave and it adheres very quickly which I loved. I let it sit for a few minutes and made sure I held my skin so I wouldn’t hurt myself and pulled the strip off. And BAM!! all those peach fuzz hairs are off. I have not tried this on my legs yet but definitely will once my hair grows back in. I actually would love to see it work on my legs cause although I love to shave them getting nits and cuts can be a pain annoying. Anyway back to the review.

I definitely was able to tell the difference and the feeling of my skin after I took off the strip made a difference for me because I’m very fuzzy on the side of my face and this paste actually removed my peach fuzz easily. which was much easier for me to apply my make up than with the peach fuzz on. It felt very smooth and soft. I didn’t have much redness either. I’m very happy with this kit. It works on my sensitive skin and you can use it while you’re pregnant without having to worry about any nasty chemicals. If you have any breakouts or eczema prone skin I’d advise you not to use this as it could cause a flare-up. You must apply a bit of talc-free baby powder before applying it to sensitive areas so you won’t irritate the skin. I didn’t use any because I didn’t have but it worked just fine.

This kit costs $55 for 100g of the product.

It lasts a few months depending on usage and amount of paste your using.

Sugar Bella Co. has a lot more information on there Instagram !! Go check them out 🥰

Thank you for Reading 💕

Xo, Marielli

Why Im switching to a more Vegeterian lifestyle..

Over the years I’ve eaten really badly. I’m getting older and need to get my health in check. I’ve had my weight fluctuate from losing and gaining and breaking out on my skin. I could admit eating bad became a lifestyle for me. Why? Because being a mom is hard work and who wants to cook fresh meals every single day! not me. That’s for sure. I know I sound horrible saying that. I know giving my family a “processed meal” for dinner or any time of the day isn’t healthy but it’s so much quicker and easier to make. After these past few years, I’ve really been hate how I feel after eating crappy food. Well, it’s been a while but I’m finally just chasing my diet and my families as well. I get super bad headaches and feel groggy. I got tired of just feeling drained and tried all the time.

These past few months I’ve changed my diet completely. I’m drinking almond milk now and eating less processed foods. The kids are no longer eating junk foods as much as they did and my husband is eating much better. I can honestly tell you it feels great to have switched up my diet and the feeling of waking up and not feeling so blah is great. I wake up less exhausted and feel like I’m losing weight little by little. My weight is one of the main reasons why I decided to change my eating habits. I’ve been a big girl most of my life. Always curvy and never thin. I don’t have a problem with being curvy I just want to feel a bit more comfortable wearing shorts or short dresses without having my legs feel like they’re irritated. Now I’m all for being a woman who is considered “big” whatever that means (I’ve always been considered big or plus size in doctor terms) eye roll cause I know I’m healthy and just have a little more to love.

My favorite food so far since I started eating better has to be peanut butter and banana sand which’s with whole grain nutty bread. I usually would eat this for breakfast with a small cup of coffee with almond milk and two sugars. For sugar, I get stevia sugar or a low-calorie liquid sweetener. Lunchtime I eat a more protein based meal like a chicken salad with spinach, kale, and avocado oil dressing. If I’m cooking different meals for dinner I eat a lentil bean salad with organic grass fed chicken and brown rice. I like to mix it up at times with mixed veggies or just a salad with no chicken and chickpeas and corn.

So far I’ve lost 6 pounds and I’m going to continue my weight loss journey until I am at my weight goal which is 150. Right now I’m 216 which is fairly “big” my weight usually goes to my legs and butt this is something I’m trying to control, tone and lose.

I will keep you all informed and have an update in a few months on my health, diet and some things that are going on.

*food photos are from pexels.com**

Xo, Marielli

Yeast Infections & BV: The At-Home Solution to the Problem You Don’t Want to Talk About

This is a guest blog post, all opinions, thoughts, and information are of the guest. I do not own rights to this information.

So ladies here’s a topic I never liked to think about and no one wants to talk about it but we’ve all been there: bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections are problems we sometimes live with. Before you make an embarrassing and expensive appointment with your doctor, I have something that can fix the problem safely at home: 

 

Boric Acid:

I know, sounds scary, right? The truth is boric acid has natural homeopathic properties that help restore proper pH to the vagina to clear up yeast infections and BV that happen when your pH is too high or two low. Here’s what you should know about this at-home remedy for the discomfort and embarrassing odor you’re dealing with. 

 

Why Vaginal pH Matters –

Your vagina needs a balanced pH to keep fungal and bacterial numbers in check. A normal vaginal pH is around 3.8 to 4.5 which is somewhat acidic. If the pH goes past 4.5, the vaginal environment becomes too alkaline. This allows bacteria to grow out of control and the result can be bacterial vaginosis or BV. 

If the pH gets too low, it makes the vaginal environment too acidic. Candida albicans, a type of fungus that is naturally found in the GI tract, mouth, skin, and vagina, can grow out of control and cause a yeast infection. When bacteria or yeast grow out of control, they push your vaginal pH even further out of balance creating a vicious cycle. 

 

Why You Should Avoid Antibiotics

As women, we’re usually pretty used to taking antibiotics to treat problems like BV and UTIs. The problem is that while antibiotics can cure BV and bacterial UTIs, they can cause more problems than they solve. One of the most common causes of yeast infections? Taking antibiotics. When you take antibiotics, the bacteria protect ing the vagina can be destroyed. Antibiotics also alter the balance of bacteria in the vagina and change the vaginal pH.  You may solve one problem only to create another: a painful yeast infection down the road. 

 

If you’re like many women who have chronic vaginal infections, antibiotics aren’t doing you any favors. A large share of women who treat a yeast infection or BV with antibiotics have a recurrent infection within months. Taking antibiotics too often also contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria — a problem you definitely don’t want. 

How Boric Acid Helps-

Boric acid is made from borax, an antiseptic that you may know for its insecticide properties. Yes, boric acid is used to kill insects around the house and it’s definitely not something you should consume but it’s perfectly healthy to use outside the body or as a suppository. Boric acid is a safe home remedy for curing even stubborn cases of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections by bringing the vagina back into its natural, slightly acidic state. This stops the overproduction of yeast or bacteria. This isn’t like some natural remedies you may see recommended that don’t really do much to fix the problem. Research shows boric acid is 77-88% effective at treating bacterial vaginosis. If you don’t think that’s so great, consider the typical antibiotic used to treat BV which is just 70-80% effective and risks causing a yeast infection. Plus, many women who take antibiotics have a recurrence of the BV within months.Boric acid even works well against resistant strains of yeast that are unlikely to be knocked out by prescriptions alone. Even your gynecologist would likely recommend boric acid as an affordable and effective treatment with little risk at all. 

To treat your BV or yeast infection at home, use the VeeFresh VeeFresh boric acid suppositoriesat night for one to two weeks. You can even use it as a preventative measure if you’re prone to vaginal infections. Boric acid suppositories can be inserted just like a tampon. Try to insert the suppository at the same time each night for best results. As long as you don’t touch boric acid to an open cut or wound or swallow it, you shouldn’t have to worry about side effects or any risks. Boric acid suppositories are the latest thing I can swear by to finally break the cycle of pH imbalance and the painful symptoms that come with it. 

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Everyday Natural Lipsticks

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Having an all natural lipstick color is always hard to find especially when you don’t want to have one that makes you look blotchy or not for your skin tone. I love a good natural pink lipstick or lip gloss one that’s natural to your own lip color and one that’s matte but not too drying. I love these 3 colors from BECCA Cosmetics, Colourpop Cosmetics,  Gerard Cosmetics, & MakeupGeek  The colors are :

  • Mocha – Becca Cosmetics
  • Dozy – Colourpop Cosmetics 
  • Wild Berry Tart – Gerard Cosmetics 
  • Quickstep – Makeup Geek

 

Everyday Natural Lipsticks

Some of the pigments are super glossy and creamy.  As for the makeup geek lipstick it’s very drying and dries very matte which im not a huge fan of. It makes my lips feel patchy. my favorites are the Gerard Cosmetics. They have so many amazing products for a good price and they are well worth it. You can find these products here.

Makeup Geek (discontinued)

Colourpop Cosmetics  (comes in a set)

Becca Cosmetics

here are some swatches of the lipsticks…

 

lip swatches

I really love the mocha lipstick from Becca Cosmetics. I’m not one to wear lipstick often but this one really won me over its creamy, applies on nicely and has great color payoff. The Colourpop and Makeupgeek lip stains are great options for a date night or night out.

 

Are lipsticks your thing? Do you wear them often ? have you tried any of these ?

 

Let me know your thoughts…

Thank you for reading!!

Formula 10.0.6 – Combination Favorites For the Shower

Hello Lovelies,

I have another wonderful skincare/beauty product I want to share with you all its Formula 10.0.6.

My skin has been loving Formula 10.0.6. For someone who’s never tried any of there skincare products, I’m really amazed at how my skin has been reacting to the products I’ve been using. My skin is a combination so getting it to not be so oily or dry can be frustrating. Especially when it’s hot out my skin tends to break out more and get super oily in my t-zone area and dry around my nose, legs, forehead, and arms.

The Scrub Me Down Exfoliating Body Scrub (Rasberry + Ginger ) gives me everything my skin needs to stay clean and fresh. It’s also a big plus when the exfoliator has a gentle pumice like texture to get rid of dead skin, buildup and dirt leaving you smelling clean, hydrated and smooth. I really love the gentleness of the scrub it’s not harsh on your gentle areas of your body and helps nourish your skin even the sensitive areas. I love using this with a loofah or wash cloth for an extra clean feeling.

Now for the Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser ( Passionfruit + Green Tea) is something my skin needed! I’m not one to use a gel-like cleanser only because I feel like it doesn’t thoroughly clean my face. I tend to break out a lot or get very bad clogged pores and this actually helped my skin feel clean and de-clogged. This helps balance my skins natural oils without overworking my skin or making it super dry or patchy.

Overall I really am enjoying all of these products and they are making my skin clear and clean. I haven’t had any reactions or breakouts with these two and my skin is very sensitive to perfumed scented items. I really want to try more of there skincare products in the hope this brand will continue to amaze me with the tropical-like scents they have.

Have you tried this brand? What are your thoughts??

Skincare Treats With #BombiBox

Hello loves,

Today’s post is all about skincare and BombiBox has all my skincare favorites in this exclusive box I was sent to review. My skin has been so bad lately and using these prouducts will pamper my skin back to its beautiful state.

They sent me:

An DoubleDare headwrap

Klavuu Lip Sleeping pack

2 It’s skin Face Masks

Black-head Nose pack (5)

Some By Mi Miracle Cleansing Bar

I’ve always been in love with Korean style beauty products. I believe their skincare regimen is amazing and that’s what makes their skin look so beautiful and clean.

First thing I tried out was the miracle bar. It feels so good on the skin. The Father isn’t too foamy or harsh on sensitive skin. I love the way it smells. Kind of like a herbal fresh scent. It cleans off nicely and leaves your skin feeling soft and really helps tone down acne.

I then used the Charcoal Nose Strip from Tosowoong. I advise you before applying this to have your pores opened up with some hot steam or hot water it’ll go get more blackheads stuck to the strip. Also wetting it with hot water helps it cling to your nose easier. It left this one for 10-15 minutes until it was hard and then peeled it off. It did take off a good amount of dry skin and some of my pores were unclogged.

Next, I used its skin sheet mask. The avocado one was calling my name so I had to try it out. it felt so refreshing on the skin especially cold. The avocado gel that’s in it helps replenish the skin, moisturize, help with inflammation and acne.

After you take it off rub some of the gel left over for continuous effects on the skin and you’ll love the cool feeling. this is my skin after the gel was set into my skin.

Next up was the Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water. I used a cotton pad to swipe across my skin leaving it nice and hydrated.

The Klavuu Lip Seeping Mask is super hydrating and leaves your lips super plump and moisturized. I really love that it’s clear and can be used as regular lip gloss for the night as well. Your lips feel so refreshed with no dry cracks or peeling in the morning. I really enjoyed this bombibox and all the contents in it.

Thank you Bombibox for sending me these beautiful Korean beauty box! Definitely check them out if your into Korean products! You won’t be disappointed 🙌🏼