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Only the best for you, baby

March 3, 2016


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you already know that I can’t stop talking about the new Beautycounter Baby line that launched this week. I’ve said this before, but when I was trying to get pregnant with Ainsley (and having some trouble) I became increasingly interested and aware of the impact skincare products can have on our health, hormones and more. It was around that time that I discovered Beautycounter and started using their skincare, and later their makeup, too.


When Ainsley was born I sort of assumed that Johnson & Johnson products were safe. I mean, they sort of just symbolized childhood and babyhood to me. How could something so familiar be unsafe for my baby? I like to think of myself as a wise and discerning consumer, but I really wasn’t in this area. Just this week Time posted an article about toxicity in the personal care products we use which was eye-opening to many.

So it’s safe to say that I care deeply about what I put on my skin (and consequently into my body) but I care even more about what goes onto Ainsley’s skin and body. To me, it’s so much more than a marketing ploy or an effort to drive sales, it’s about helping inform and enable moms to make safe choices for the littlest members of their families.

Although Beautycounter kids has been around for a while (it’s what I’ve been using on Ainsley the past few months) the baby line was highly anticipated. Now that I’ve had a chance to give the products a try myself, I can safely say that they are amazing. They’re unscented for baby’s delicate skin and made with many organic ingredients. Plus, I love knowing that Beautycounter has some of the highest quality and safety standards in the beauty industry, banning over 1,400 ingredients from all of their products. Plus, how pretty is the packaging? Finally a baby product that looks pretty in my bathroom! ūüėČ

If you’re interested in placing an order for yourself, use any of the links provided. And as always, don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you want to talk about the products in greater detail. (



Tips for Work-At-Home Success

February 9, 2016


In August (when Joe and I moved from Minneapolis to Iowa) I decided to make a big career change and transition from working in the corporate world to working at home in a couple different capacities. The biggest question I get these days is “What do you do?” and it’s always a tough question to answer because I’m doing quite a few different things!

Working multiple creative jobs is a little nutty at times, but it’s also been the biggest blessing to our family. I’ve had the joy of spending more time with Ainsley than I did previously, but I’m still exercising my creative talents and passions while bringing in an income.

Currently, I see my jobs falling into the following categories:

1. FLYJOY // As most of you know, I work for FLYJOY Ancient Grain Energy Bars part-time managing their social media, marketing and blogger outreach. My cousin founded the company a few years ago and our move coincided with the company’s need to expand the team.

2. Espresso & Cream // I have been blogging 6 years (?!)¬†but it hasn’t been until the last year that this blog has become a legitimate source of income. I’ve mentioned before how I make money blogging, but I’ve also expanded that to include recipe development for various brands and companies now that I have more free time. I take on a few recipe development projects each month, depending on my schedule.

3. Beautycounter // I joined Beautycounter four months ago on a bit of whim. I was using their products religiously and loving them, so I figured I would join as a consultant to get the discount. What transpired really surprised me! I developed a huge passion not only for the products but for sharing the products with others and have had such a great time building a business and team of consultants. I’m now to the point where I consider Beautycounter a legitimate money-making income source that contributes to our family’s financial situation. Interested in their products or becoming a consultant? E-mail me! (

As you can see, that’s a lot of irons in the fire. I wouldn’t have it any other way, but it’s made scheduling and managing my time important. Here’s what works best for our family!

1. Childcare // I can’t begin to express how important this one is! When Ainsley was smaller/slept more it would have been more realistic to think that I could get work done with her around, but as she is getting older and more mobile/sleeping less, childcare is a necessity. I get childcare for Ainsley 20 hours a week, usually on Monday-Wednesday.¬†When work gets really busy or I pick up another project, we have a college girl come to our house on Thursday or Friday for a handful of additional hours as needed.

When it’s all said and done, I work more than 20 hours on my various jobs, but being able to count on that 20 hours is so helpful, especially for tasks like conference calls, trips to the post office, writing, packing up samples, etc. Could I have Ainsley at home more hours? Probably, but I think it’s better¬†for me to be fully invested in my work for a set period of time rather than being distracted around her, trying to get work done while she is awake at home.

2. Scheduling // I started waking up early, around 5 am, to get work done each weekday morning. It’s been a necessity for me to settle into my day and get off to a good start before anyone else in the house wakes up. I get about 1 1/2 hours of work in first thing in the morning, along with my quiet time and a slow breakfast with Joe before he leaves for work. It’s wonderful! It’s always difficult to get out of bed first thing, but I’m always happy that I did so. Morning time is when I work on my blog and Beautycounter business.

3. Nap Time // On the days when Ainsley is home with me I totally maximize nap time.¬†I’ll photograph recipes for my personal blog projects, respond to Beautycounter e-mails, share a beauty tip on Periscope or manage my blog or business social media pages. Of course, sometimes nap time turns into cleaning the house time, exercising time, paying bills time, etc. I try my best to create structure in our days while also enjoying the freedom of having a flexible work schedule and having additional time to spend with Ainsley.

4. Night Time // More often than not, I try my best to avoid using the time after Ainsley’s bed time to work. I’ll occasionally respond to a handful of e-mails or blog comments, but I really try to limit that. My time with Joe is valuable and we don’t stay up super late, so it’s precious and protected time for us as a couple. We have, however, started using the time after Ainsley goes to bed as workout time! Sometimes Joe heads to the gym for a quick workout or outside for a run while I do my video at home. It’s hard to squeeze in exercise with all the other responsibilities we have, but it’s important to both of us so we make the time.

I think that covers it! If you’re still with me through this post, kudos! It was really wordy, I know, but I wanted to make sure there was enough background and substance for it to be worth reading. I’m still learning how best to manage my schedule now that it looks so different than it once did, but it’s been a fun challenge and I’m always left feeling creatively inspired and filled up!


Family, Fashion

My Skincare Routine: Part 1

October 13, 2015

MorningSkincareRoutineSix months ago I sent out a call on Facebook for recommendations of safe, high quality skincare and makeup. One of you recommended I check out Beautycounter. I tried out a few products to start (hey, they give a 60 day money back guarantee, so I figured I had nothing to loose!) and fell in love with the line.

Everything I used felt so good on my skin. It was gentle, yet effective, and left my complexion much smoother and more even than before. As I started researching Beautycounter further I felt even better about the products. The US only bans 11 items from beauty products in this country; in contrast, the EU bans over 1,300 ingredients! It’s staggering, really. Beautycounter sets their own extremely high standard for what goes into their¬†products, one of the strictest set of standards in the industry.

I’ve slowly, over the past few months, transitioned almost my entire skincare routine to Beautycounter. And I believe in the products so much so that I’ve decided to start selling them, too. If you’re interested in learning more or have skin-specific questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail me ( or check out the products I use each morning below!

1. Soothing Face Wash
An effective daily cleanser that removes makeup and nourishes skin. 
2. Enlightening Treatment Pads
These pads have been proven to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and wrinkles. They improve skin tone and firm skin. 
Uplifting Day Cream
Promotes firmer looking skin, reduces redness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Gentle Exfoliator
Removes dead skin cells and leaves skin fresh and glowing without being abrasive. I use it a couple times a week.
2. Lustro Face Oil #3
Seven radiance-boosting oils promote balanced skin and improves skin tone and texture. Adding oils into my skincare routine have totally changed things for me. Amazing!