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Beauty That Can Heal

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I’ve been feeling pretty good about my health and even my appearance lately. They go hand in hand. For a hot minute, I was beginning to beat myself up daily for having tired looking skin or not moving my body or for not changing out of yoga pants (can you blame me?).

However, once I started investing in myself after my birthday in December…I’ve noticed a shift.

I’m moving my body more.  Pilates and barre classes are becoming my new faves.  My pelvic floor has been testing me lately (won’t get into too many details here) so Pilates has been a great way to strengthen my core and pelvic floor.  And barre class is helping me lift that booty and get in touch with my inner ballerina!

I’m feeding my body more healthily, adding in more fats and doing my best to cut it out on the sugars and caffeine…that’s a work in progress!  Adding collagen proteins and aiming for a salad a day are beginning to become a lifestyle habit.

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I’m also treating myself to better skin care because this is the only epidermis I get. If I’m focused on moving my body and feeding my body well, then why the heck have I forgotten about my skin? A few friends, without me even asking, had brought up Beautycounter to me recently.  After listening to my friend’s podcast episode on safer skin care, and another girl friend randomly bringing up her cruelty free make-up, I thought “I love makeup and fashion and beauty! And helping the environment…AND KEEPING PEOPLE HEALTHY!”  I’ve always been very much aware of the make-up I purchase.  Never one to buy photo shoot heavy cover-ups, but conscience of how the products were made and if they were even vegan.  But I guess I never really thought about all the “stuff” that even the better, safer brands still were hiding in the make-up or skin products.

My mother in law has been fighting off breast cancer (she’s doing great, btw) and I have more friends than I can count who are dealing with infertility or some other insane health factors that are putting their lives in jeopardy.  And I want so badly to help them.  Inspire people to move their bodies, to seek prayer and counseling, to work on their emotional well being.  I swear, becoming a mom will do this thing to you. I have a heart that’s even bigger now and my mission in life is to teach people. And right now I am being called to teach people to find confidence through yoga, through oils to help their mental and emotional well-being, to use skincare to cleanup what they’ve been putting on their sweet skin, and look radiant from the inside out! 

My Why

Three of my favorite Beautycounter products I’m loving right now (and the links to grab your own to love!):

Lip Sheer

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One of Beautycounter’s best sellers, this lipstick goes on smooth, smells amazing, looks luscious, and LASTS!  I love Scarlet.

Dew Skin Tint Moisturizer

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I love the fact that this moisturizer is light yet has 20SPF, hides my blemishes, and even has a pump on the tube.

Baby Bundle Collection

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This collection is wonderful because it’s fragrance free, has a light finish on the skin, and hasn’t irritated my son’s skin at all.  This would make a great gift for a mama to-be or a friend who is looking for safer products for their baby’s sweet skin.

For more info, visit Beautycounter and learn about their mission and why I believe this movement is so important and beautiful.

 

 

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Weekly Yoga Schedule

Yoga Schedule

Mondays: 6:15-7:30pm Mansion Yoga at The Burrage Mansion.  This class is a mix of vinyasa flow and yin (30 minutes each).  This is a Holy Yoga class that incorporates both secular and worship music as well as prayer and meditation.  What I love most about this class is we are fundraising for Magical Days, families in need.  Plus we practice in a ballroom, in a historical Redlands Mansion, that used to house nuns!  The ballroom used to be their bedroom/living courters…how cool is that?!  To register for classes, go to Mansion Memories.

Tuesdays: 11-11:40am Mommy and Me at Seed in DT Redlands.  This class is a Holy Yoga class of 40 minutes of gentle stretching and core work for mommy and baby/kids.  Feel free to bring your kiddos.  The space is perfect because if your little one doesn’t feel like doing yoga with you they can play with the toys while mommy gets to take care of herself!  It’s a win/win! This class is Free or Donations welcome.

Thursdays: 5:15-6pm Sloga at Reveille Yoga Studio in DT Riverside. Sloga is a class that focuses on 45 minutes of breathing and focus on fundamentals of vinyasa and yin.  This is a great class for ANYONE.  If you’ve practiced yoga for years or have never stepped foot on a mat, are out of surgery and need recovery, or just need a space to relax and breathe, this class is perfect for everyone.  To register go to Reveille Yoga.

Mommy and Me Yoga

FullSizeRender (1)Tuesdays 11-11:40 at Seed in DT Redlands.

Donations welcome!

Bring your mat and your babes!

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New Mexico: Family

IMG_0980New Mexico is the home of Geoff’s mother’s father’s family (make sense??).   The Aguayos are a well known family in Alto so when his Uncle Ron passed away, New Mexico is where he’d be laid to rest with many of his other family members, including Geoff’s grandfather.  I thought I had taken more pictures of his Aunt Judy’s beautiful home in the mountains, with it’s wrap around porch and family photographs from the past throughout the home, but I guess I found it more important to soak in time talking to family I’d never met, seeing all of these people who looked so much like my son!   

While we were staying in New Mexico, Geoff, Grant, Jack and myself stayed with Grandma Jeanette and John in the cutest little cabin.  It was so wonderful to spend some time with my mother in law now that she’s in Florida.  Jack absolutely loved cuddles, kisses and songs from his grandma and I enjoyed the home cooked breakfasts and hearing stories about her family…well I guess my family, too :)

Although we stayed in the cabin two nights, it went by so fast!  We arrived late afternoon on Saturday and spent Sunday with family.  It was raining hard Sunday for the memorial…kind of a beautiful back drop for the day.  The memorial for Uncle Ron was held at the church he attended with Judy.  Right when we arrived Jack started screaming so I took him in to the nursery and he and I played while I tried to listen to the songs and stories about Ron (but let’s be honest, Jack was soaking up much of my attention, crawling and screaming and teething and crying and laughing and climbing and….you get the picture!).  When I heard bagpipes playing, however, I grabbed Jack and we stood outside of the sanctuary and listened to them play.  Jack was mesmerized.  And what I loved most about the service that Jack and I both were able to see first hand was everyone gathered outside under the church’s walkway, a firetruck and possibly Ron’s uniform and boots, propped up next to flowers, were on display while the bagpiper played Amazing Grace…then Home.  While he played everyone hugged one another, Geoff took Jack and held him close, and I watched the bagpiper walk away into the rain, the pipes growing more and more faint, like Ron was walking home.  So beautiful.

After the memorial we went back to Aunt Judy’s where she told me stories of all the people in the photographs around her home.  I loved hearing stories of Ron and her.  Reminded me so much of Geoff and I.

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The next morning, Geoff’s 32nd birthday, we left Alto and on our way out, Geoff took me to a jewelry shop that his aunt worked for.  He told me to pick out something nice :)  So of course I chose turquoise earrings for my birthstone and because we were in New Mexico so why not!  I’ve been wearing them ever since.  Afterwards, we climbed back in the car with Grant and Jack and started our 8 hour drive to Phoenix!  More on our stay there soon!
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Road Trip to New Mexico: Tucson

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A couple months ago, Geoff’s Uncle Ron had passed away from his battle with cancer.  His family, the Aguayo’s, are from New Mexico and have a rich history in the area that we were traveling to, Alto and Ruidoso.  So it was only fitting that Ron’s wife, Judy, planned to have everyone out to visit and celebrate Ron’s life at their local church as well as her beautiful home in Alto.

Being that New Mexico is at 14 hour drive for us, Geoff, his brother Grant, Jack and I decided to chop up the drive a bit and stay in Tucson the first night of our road trip.  Jack’s been on drives that have been no more than 2 hours at a time, so we were all a little skeptical about how 6 hours would be for this little man.  Well, he did great!  Long naps in his carseat, one pit stop for all of us to use the restroom and for a diaper change for Jack, and some Netflix and lots of singing on my part (I sat in the back with him the entire roadtrip) made the drive bearable for him.

We stayed at the coolest Air BnB yet!  The Elysian Grove Market wasn’t our first choice.  Our previous rental had cancelled on us last minute so within 24 hours we had to find another place!  So I had no idea where we were staying until we pulled up to the market…the MARKET? Ha!  I was a bit skeptical at first, but once we walked into our digs for the night I immediately felt 100% grateful for the cancellation and fell in love with the thrifty and quirky vibe of this historical market turned loft.  Every piece of furniture and decor seemed to have some kind of story behind it, and there was so much character and funky do dads to look at and observe…Jack was in Heaven!

Once we unloaded the car (meaning Geoff and Grant while I watched Jack) we were ready to settle down and relax!  The owner also brews his own beer so there were beers to enjoy in the fridge.  Geoff and I had purchased a case full of different wines before the trip, for the trip, so we opened up a sav blanc from Justin (up in Paso Robles…mmmmm) and a French white.  Jack enjoyed a bottle of course.

This place is not baby friendly, however, in terms of floors and furniture so we had our eyes on Jack at all times.  Also, there is no AC and we were there during monsoon season and it just so happened to be the hottest day of the year…but later that night we experienced a desert downpour which made the evening lovely!  We sat outside, enjoying our drinks, Jack enjoying his first desert rain, and took it all in, watching the rain fall and laughing at the pet rabbit that roamed around in the back yard :)  IMG_0933

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That night we ate at the oldest Mexican restaurant in the nation, El Charro .  The host of Elysian Grove Market told us about it and said we’d better try it out!  So we drove off in the rain to enjoy a nice meal together.  I ordered the vegan enchiladas and the boys ordered heavier options.  It was our first time trying carne seca, too!  Very good :)  I also ordered a virgin margarita because I was the driver and figured I’d have more wine at home after Jack went to sleep, and of course Jack hit the glass while I was drinking and I spilled it all over me…HA!  Not as bad as the French fry incident haha!IMG_0915IMG_0924The next morning we packed up our belongings and headed over to Cup Cafe located in the historic Hotel Congress (notice a theme here?  Every place we went to and even where we stayed was historic…so perfect for me!).  We loved the penny decor on the tables out in the waiting room as well as the floor inside the cafe!  The breakfast was really nice, especially the cajon rendition of biscuits and gravy they had on the menu.  Once we filled our bellies, we paid our bill, jumped back into the car, bought the cheapest tank of gas I’ve ever filled up…okay, maybe in the last 10 years, and made our way out to New Mexico!IMG_0968IMG_0970IMG_0972IMG_0962IMG_0937Will be sharing our time in New Mexico next :) Hope everyone’s week has been good!