With an almost 4-month-old, I’m beginning to discover how difficult it is to keep up with my own routines. Showering and running errands aren’t as daunting as they used to be, but my beauty routine has yet to go back to normal since our newest addition. I LOVE beauty. However, there isn’t enough time in the day to have a long, dragged out beauty routine, which is why I’m starting to keep tabs on products that work AND are good for multitasking.
I’m a sucker for face masks, but having to wash it off after 5-10 minutes doesn’t seem worth it. Still, face masks are a great way to combat beauty woes, and there are several products on the market that I’ve found are great for multitasking, meaning they have longer ‘wait’ periods than most.
All of the below face masks need at least 20 minutes to soak into your skin. Whether you’re caring for a hungry baby, cleaning the house, or lounging on the couch, these products will treat your skin while you work. So, here are 10 face masks for anyone who is a multi-tasker. Plus, all but one are under $50! Happy shopping:)
I’ve been getting so much positive feedback about my Decoristbedroom and living room makeovers! In case anyone is feeling interior-inspired, I enlisted the creative mind behind my Boho Bali house transformation to give insight on how to achieve a similar look on a smaller budget. Keep reading for 5 tips from Decorist Head of Design Ashley Redmond for creating the Boho Bali look on a budget:
Who doesn’t want to know how to get the Boho Bali feel for their own space on a budget? Audrina and I recently completed the second space in her home- the first being the cozy Bali inspired master bedroom retreat and most recently her living room and dining room area. We have been having such a great time working together and her style and the feel that she is wanting to create in her home is so much fun for me to help to translate into reality! For me affordable and accessible design is really important and this is something that was equally important to Audrina. She really wanted to create that feel of a “Bali getaway” but wanted it to be comfortable and functional, especially now that she and Corey have sweet Kirra!
Luckily at the heart of the Boho aesthetic is a free spirited and easy vibe so this allows a lot of freedom in terms of decor choices, fabrics, layers etc. to get the look you are going for without spending a fortune!
So how do you go about creating a Boho/Bali look like Audrina’s on a budget? Here are 5 tips below:
1. Be creative with the furniture that you choose!In Audrina’s living room we selected a distressed, rustic console (similar here) for extra storage. Anything that looks or is handmade can add to the “Boho/Bali” vibe. Consider thrifting to find worn or vintage pieces and distress them even further for a more authentic look. Use stencils to create interesting patterns or paint a bold color to create a focal point.
2. Pillows!Pillows are an inexpensive and easy way to change the look of a room. To create that Boho/Bali vibe don’t shy away from mixing patterns or selecting a variety of pillows in ethnic prints. Etsy is my favorite source for inexpensive beautiful mud cloth and hmong pillows.
3. Layer, Layer, LayerLayering is the easiest way to get that laid back look that we all love. Be sure to adorn sofas and chairs with fabrics and throws. I love using inexpensive scarves, table clothes and unfinished fabrics over chairs for a dash of color and pattern. Layer a pillow to get a rich texture that will carry the style through the space.
Think about layering rugs as well, use an inexpensive jute or sisal with a vintage dhurrie rug on top or consider a low pile woven rug with a cowhide layered like we did under Audrina’s dining table.
4. ArtMake sure you consider your walls for your Boho/ Bali look. For Audrina’s space we opted for an over size tropical print, because she really wanted to bring a beach-y vibe into the design. You can do this on a budget by printing your own favorite beach or surf pictures.
Another way to address the walls is to use woven wall hangings like we did in Audrina’s bedroom. These can be picked up rather inexpensively from Home Goods or Urban Outfitters. Tapestries, gallery walls or a collection of natural rattan mirrors are all inexpensive way to get that easy Bohemian look.
5. Create an Interior Jungle!Plants are another easy and inexpensive way to create that Boho vibe. Select tropical plants with big statement making leaves and put them in woven baskets of different shapes and sizes as we did in both of Audrina’s rooms. This immediately creates an air of bringing the outdoor in, which is paramount to the feel of the Boho style.
So there you have it! The Bohemian look is so accessible and fun and can be truly affordable. Go check out Audrina’s beautiful space and hopefully it inspires you to create a beautiful home of your own! XO
My living room is officially complete! I promised to give you all an update following my Bali Bungalow bedroom makeover, and it is safe to say Decorist has done it again. I teamed up with their Head of Design Ashley Redmond (yet again, she’s the best!) to give my living room a Bohemian-inspired vibe that would cohesively blend with our new bedroom, and we are obsessed with the results!
It couldn’t have turned out more amazing, and we are so thankful Ashley (and Decorist!) were able to bring our vision to life! Head to Architectural Digest to learn more about my Decorist living room transformation, or keep reading to shop the items:
I’m so happy with all of the positive feedback I got regarding Ashley Fultz’s tip on getting your baby to sleep! No matter how much of an expert you are, there is always something new to learn. So even though I feel like I’m getting the hang of motherhood, I still find myself browsing resources online to get the low-down on what’s to come, what I can do better, and the best ways to manage a firstborn child!
One amazing resource I stumbled across is The Sleep Dept. Sleep and babies don’t always go hand in hand, but everyone needs a few hours of shut eye to function! Using a gentle technique, The Sleep Dept. will educate and encourage you (and your baby!) to get a full night’s sleep by creating a sleeping plan that is designed for your child.
Every baby is different, so you’ll need to consult with The Sleep Dept. to lock on a routine that works for you. But, I’ve learned SO much from them and wanted to chat with one of their Infant Sleep Consultants, Erika Lamour, to have her answer common sleep questions and provide insight on how to tackle them! See below for our Q&A:
I’ve heard that my baby’s sleep pattern will likely change when she hits the 4-month mark. Why? Ah yes… The dreaded 4-month sleep regression where sleeping patterns change and become more like an adult. Your baby’s brain has matured, gone are the days where your little newborn could fall into a deep sleep at the drop of a hat. Now, they start to sleep more like us — they begin to go through light and deep sleep cycles. This means that each time your baby’s sleep cycle goes from deep to light, they will most likely wake up (that’s every 40-45 minutes!).
While many parents fear the 4-month sleep regression, it really shouldn’t be seen as a regression but more so a developmental milestone, and a time to implement a sleep program that’s right for you and your baby.
How can I get my baby to sleep through the entire night? Is it better to establish these habits early on? There are definitely foundations you can set early on to create great sleep habits, but the 0 to 3-month stage of your baby’s life really should be referred to as the 4th trimester. Babies are making a HUGE transition from womb to world — coming from an environment that is dark, warm, and well-nourished to suddenly being exposed to light, different temperatures and hunger. Whilst it’s not a great idea to have your newborn on a time-based schedule, if you make sure your newborn is awake for no longer than 60-75 minutes between sleeps, you are on your way to creating great habits.
Pacifier are lifesavers, but it always falls out in the middle of the night. Any advice? Uh-oh! Paci’s are great to settle and soothe newborns, but what happens when you are up 10 times in the middle of the night popping it back into your baby’s mouth? The best thing to do is cut it – COLD TURKEY! I know it sounds scary! But if it is being used as a sleep association it WILL wake your baby in the middle of the night and when they can’t find it, it may cause confusion and distress. We need to guide babies in having their own sleep associations that they create all themselves. All the babies who implement ‘The Sleep Dept’ program get used to having no paci on night 1! Instead, replace the paci for a small comforter.
What is the best way to handle a baby that will NOT go to sleep or stay asleep? And why does this happen?! The simple answer is — they haven’t been allowed to figure it out on their own. When we introduce external sleeping associations, such as feeding or rocking a baby to sleep, we take that away from them. We don’t want a baby to be falling asleep outside of their cot (easier said than done!). There are gentle ways that this can be done (The Sleep Dept. only uses gentle techniques and no Cry It Out methods). It takes patience and consistency, but the good news is that if we follow a plan 100%, the results are almost immediate, with babies falling asleep on their own and sleeping through by night 2!
Swaddling and rolling don’t mix. What is the best way to transition a baby to a sleeping bag once she’s able to roll over? In my experience, the best way to do this is… COLD TURKEY! It creates less confusion for your baby. I would recommend introducing a small handkerchief sized comforter, so that your baby can keep their hands busy if they need to. Again, most babies get used to having arms out in a night or two.
What about allowing her to sleep in our bed? I know I’ll be tempted when she starts teething! The MOST important thing to remember when your baby is sick, teething, or going through a sleep regression is to not introduce anything new — especially a bad habit that you had worked so hard to get rid of in the first place! Of course, your baby needs you in times like these, but the best thing is to go to them. They still need to know its nighttime. So do what you have to do — feed them, bring a mattress into their room, hug them. Just be sure to stay in their room. All of these things pass, and if a baby is on a solid routine, it will only be a few days before they are back on track.
We have a routine down, but I’m worried that won’t be the case if we were to take a trip. Is it a mistake to take a vacation with a young baby? And do you have tips to calm new mom travel nerves? We get it. A long flight, lots of waiting around, unfamiliar surroundings — these can all affect your Bub BUT if your little one is in a great routine at home, then they should be able to easily adjust wherever they are in the world. My best tips for travelling with a little one:
Throw all your rules out when on the plane. It will be much less stressful for both you and Bub if you do what will easily calm your Bub.
Get your baby onto a routine based on the time zone you are in. Babies adjust to different time zones much quicker than adults!
Have your baby spend lots of time outside during the day, and start the nighttime wind down approx. 2-3 hours before sleep time.
If you could give one piece of advice for mothers with babies, what would it be? The absolute best piece of advice I can share with you, that can be done as soon as your baby comes home is to have a solid bed time routine. Establishing a bedtime routine for your Bub is a must. Bub will be more relaxed if they know what’s coming next. A short 20 to 30-minute routine for your baby right before bedtime is ideal and really makes for healthy sleep habits. Be sure to do the routine in your baby’s bedroom (after they are bathed and dressed). Most babies LOVE the bath, but if your baby doesn’t find the bath relaxing, then switch it to the morning. The point of the bath during the bedtime routine is to calm your baby, not get them worked up right before bedtime. Our favorite routine goes a little something like this BATH – PJ’s – FEED/BURP – BOOK – CUDDLE – BLINDS DOWN – BED.
Have you ever worn a cute pair of shoes and ended up with a massive blister? Try dealing with that while handling a fussy baby! Kirra and I have our routine down, but all bets are off the second we step out of the house, which is why I always make sure I’m wearing comfortable footwear while out with Kirra to avoid a crisis.
Flats have become my go-to when I need a comfortable pair of shoes. The simple design means they can be styled with any outfit, and they don’t need all hands on deck to put them on. Just slip your feet in, and you’re ready to go!
So, next time you feel like ditching the heels, take my advice and go with flats. Here are my favorite styles for fall:
Too little, too late? My fave blister remedies below: