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The Gregory Family Vlogs

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I’m really excited to introduce you all to our fun new little project, The Gregory Family Vlogs! I always get requests for more posts including my little family & we thought this would be the perfect way to show you guys more of our “real” life! This is #4 so make sure & head on over to our channel to see the others.

I hope you guys enjoy the videos & make sure to subscribe to see more!

Empty Products | Buy or Bye?

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Fave 4 Hairspray
Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
Garnier Whole Blends
GlamGlow Fizzy Lip Treatment
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Dove Dry Spray
Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go
Nirvana Dry Shampoo
Briogeo Leave In Spray
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Mask
Korres Vitamin C Oil
Derma E Charcoal Mask
Serge Normant Dry Oil Spray

 

struggles as a mom

4 Things I Struggle With As A Mom

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while & I am honestly so happy to be sharing the things I struggle with as a mom with you guys. I feel like sometimes we feel ashamed because we have these struggles, but honestly, I have learned that talking about my struggles & embracing the fact that I’m not perfect, has helped me in so many ways. I hope you all will read this with open minds & know that if you struggle with any of these, you’re not alone!
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-Comparison
People aren’t lying when they say that comparison is the thief of joy. I can go from having a great day & feeling like supermom to questioning every parental decision I’ve ever made. That might sound dramatic but if you’re a parent, you know that it’s so easy to compare yourself to other parents. Especially with social media these days. I find myself looking at other moms & thinking, “how do they look so put together all the time!?” When you’re at home at 2 in the afternoon looking like a hot mess & your kids are still in their pajamas eating cereal off of the coffee table, it’s easy to compare yourself. I’ve finally learned that no one’s life is picture perfect. If anyone tries to claim that, they’re straight up lying to you! Every single human being has bad days & that is perfectly okay! So the next time you find yourself comparing your life or mothering skills to someone else, take a minute to look around & find the things that you’re thankful for. That might sound silly but whenever I think of all the great things in my life, it makes it easier to stop comparing myself & my life to anyone else.
-Guilt
Oh man, mom guilt is SO real. I honestly had no clue how bad it was until I had to stop breastfeeding Kannon at 8 weeks old. I don’t know why but the second you get pregnant or have/adopt a child, so many people take it upon themselves to tell you how exactly you should be raising said child. The amount of people that have told me how to raise my kids & how the things I’m doing are wrong, is absurd. If you’re a mom, you know exactly what I’m talking about! But guess what? We are all doing the best we can & as women, we should be encouraging each other & not tearing each other down. It makes me beyond happy to see all of these online mom communities popping up! (If you’re not part of one, let me know & I can send you the link to a really great one!) We feel enough mom guilt on our own so let’s stop making each other feel down about our choices & start embracing our differences. I promise that as cliche as that sounds, the support of other women can change our whole mentality & make motherhood the most amazing journey!
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-Patience
I truly believe that patience is one of the hardest lessons of being a parent. You wouldn’t believe the amount of times I have to stop what I’m doing & take a deep breath to keep myself from losing my cool. I love my boys more than anything, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t test my patience. In fact, raising little humans requires the most insane amount of patience! Teaching them & guiding their lives so that they will become functioning adults is not an easy task. But in my opinion, being a parent is the most rewarding experience & worth every little moment of frustration. I’ve actually learned to appreciate a lot more of the little things in life. Stopping to smell the flowers (or admire everything we come across) actually makes you realize how beautiful life is & how lucky we are to live in this incredible world. Sometimes it just takes a bit of patience to get to that point of realization 🙂
-Time Management
I saved this for last because it’s probably the hardest thing I struggle with as a mom. I get asked ALL the time how I balance being a mom & run a small business at the same time. To be honest, it’s all still a work in progress! Most days I feel like a hot mess while trying to get work done AND be a good mom. I don’t have a nanny so every day is a constant struggle of making time for my boys & figuring out how to accomplish work tasks. Being organized has helped me balance both though & I think
I will do a full post on how I make time for it all. But for now, just know that my life is not perfect & if you ever need someone to vent/relate to, I am always here to chat! Being a mom is amazing & while we all struggle at times, surrounding ourselves with encouraging & supportive friends definitely helps 🙂

 

The Friday Five

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I asked you all on Instagram what kind of posts you wanted to see more of & the majority of you said that you wanted to see more of my favorites. & when I say the majority of you, I mean the majority of you! Thank you all for the feedback & post ideas, I hope you’re excited about new content every day during the week now!!

I decided to create this series (The Friday Five) so that I can share five of my favorite things/products every single week. I figured it was the easiest way for me to talk about the things I’ve been loving lately & consistently sharing my favorites with you all. I hope you guys enjoy this new series & will check back every Friday for a new post. Now onto the favorites!

Carli Bybel Palette Swatches

1.) Carli Bybel Palette
I have been loving this palette ever since I filmed this Tutorial/first impressions video. The formula of these powders is a buttery & they blend like a dream! It’s perfect for every skin tone & I love that I can use it in every season. Plus, you can’t beat the $22.50 price tag!

tarte marine boosting mist review

2.) Tarte Marine Boosting Mist
I am obsessed with face mists these days & never go a day without using one. Not even exaggerating either! I love that this one is a four-in-one & can be used as a primer, Makeup setting spray, hydrating mist & skin refresher. I have used this mist in all four ways & I can’t get enough of it. Also, for those of you with oily skin, this one doesn’t give you that overly glow-y look & doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Oh, & it smells amaaazing!

trader joes scandinavian swimmers

3.) Trader Joe’s Scandinavian Swimmers
My current favorite sweet treat obsession. Hands down my favorite gummies at the moment & that is saying a lot because I love a good gummy candy! I really should stop buying these because if they’re in our pantry, I’m going to eat them. Want to know how I spend most every Friday night? Curled up on the couch with Adam, eating these & watching Friends on Netflix. We have a riveting social life, we know 🙂

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4.) Zara Flower Bag
I can’t get enough of this flower bag & if you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that. I love the cross body chain & honestly, I get compliments every time I wear this. What’s not to love about it?

NYX Lip Cream Swatch

5.) NYX Lip Cream in Sable
I get asked what lip color I’m wearing every time I wear this so I figured I would share with you all. This is a matte shade but I like to layer it over my Clarins Lip Oil so that it glides on smooth & doesn’t dry out my lips at all. You better believe this will be my go-to lip color all Fall long!

 

Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Review

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I had seen these products on BH Cosmetics quite a few times so when I was scrolling through one of their sales, I snagged a few of the products to try out for myself. I hope you enjoy this Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Review! Let me know if you have tried any of these products & what you think of them 🙂

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White Dresses to Wear Before Summer Ends

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Who else is in denial that it’s the beginning of September?? I know I can’t be the only one!
Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be more excited for sweater weather & all of the fun things that come with Fall. I’m just in denial that it’s already September because I’m not sure where this year has gone. I know I say it far too often but time goes by so much quicker the older you get!
Before the temperature cools down too much though, I wanted to share my favorite white dresses to wear before summer ends.
First up is this white dress. I know they say that you can’t wear white after Labor Day but that’s my favorite rule to break. (You better believe that I’ll be wearing my winter whites later this year as well!) In all seriousness though, I think that a beautiful white dress is one of the most classic Summer pieces & I 100% believe that everyone needs at least one in their closet. Let’s all pretend we’re frolicking through the South of France & get as much wear out of these beauties as we can.
What I’m Wearing:
Below are my current favorite white dresses!

 

ways to be healthier

10 Ways To Be Healthier Today

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If you’ve been following me on social media for a while, you might remember earlier this year when I was on a major health kick. I just wasn’t feeling my best, and I decided to make a change. I wanted to not only feel better but to be a good role model for my boys when it comes to living a healthy life. While I’ve definitely gotten a bit off track with the craziness that is summer, it’s top of mind heading into fall.

healthy lifestyle (I’m not flexible AT ALL but I’m trying to stretch more :))

To not get overwhelmed, I love the idea of making small, attainable changes. Things that you can do each and every day to make yourself feel better, and eventually turn smaller habits into larger ones. Here are 10 things to try:

1.) Walk

One of the best things I can do for myself is to move. It doesn’t have to be an intense cardio workout either. Any kind of movement is better than none, so if that means integrating a walk into your morning routine or as a family after dinner, do it!

2.) Swap out one food item

Overhauling your diet is no joke, so to start off more realistically, try swapping out one thing a day. For example, if you’d usually reach for a bag of chips, try veggies and hummus. Or if you’d normally load up the sour cream on your favorite tacos, switch it out for plain Greek yogurt. This totally works for me, and it’s not giving everything up at once.

3.) Skip the glass of wine

While I personally don’t drink alcohol, I know that a lot of people enjoy a glass of wine after a long day. If you want to make a healthy swap, though, skip the wine and go for a flavored water instead. Less sugar, less hangover, fewer calories. Don’t worry, you can still have your glass of red, just try to limit alcohol the days you want to feel excellent.

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4.) Stretch

On those days when being a morning person is just not for me, a good stretch always helps me feel energized. Even if you do it while still lying in bed, it’s amazing how much more awake it can make you feel.

5.) Meditate

I totally understand it can be hard to find a few peaceful moments to yourself, but this will do a lot for your mental health, which is just as important as physical. You don’t have to have a yoga mat or anything, in particular, to meditate either, which is why I like it. You can literally be in the Target parking lot and take a few deep breaths in the silence before getting out of your car. Been there!

6.) Start your morning off right

Routines are so important to me – especially in the morning and especially as a mama. When I don’t get through my normal cadence, I feel like my whole day gets thrown off. Make your bed, have some warm lemon water – do whatever makes your morning feel peaceful.

7.) Limit tech

Because it’s nearly impossible for me to completely stay away from technology throughout the day, I think the best way to limit the amount of screen time I get on a daily basis is to implement a “phone bedtime”. Turning my phone onto airplane mode at 8 p.m. is the most effective way I’ve found to do this because that way nothing can come through and tempt me.

8.) Go to bed early

Celebs and doctors have been saying for years that the secret to a “youthful” appearance is sleep. If you’re anything like me, though, sleep is always the first thing to get sacrificed when there are a million other things to do (including two little boys!). But going to bed even 15 minutes earlier helps!

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9.) Take a minute for self-care

This kind of goes hand-in-hand with meditation and limiting tech, but make sure you’re setting time aside during the day just for you. I used to think these pockets of time would magically appear in my day, but I realized spare time is a limited commodity around here, so it’s on us to make sure we’re giving ourselves time to simply take care of ourselves.

10.) Drink H20

Like right now! It’s a super easy way to feel healthier in an instant. I’ve started keeping a full glass of water next to my bed so that it’s the first thing I do when I wake up. I also drink a full glass before each meal/snack. I try to keep that going throughout the day.

 

What I’m Wearing:

Black Moto LeggingsPink Sports BraBlack Sneakers

 

5 Must-Have Vitamin C Skincare Products

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I have struggled with pigmentation issues since I was a teenager. Dark spots from blemishes would last for ages & I thought there was nothing I could really do for them. That was until I was about 20 & actually started learning about Skincare & experimenting with different products!

 Products with Vitamin C in them are always in my skin care regimen because I love that they help lighten dark spots, make my skin look radiant & help diminish the look of my fine lines & wrinkles. If you’re not using a product with vitamin C in it then I highly recommend adding one of these products below to your regimen. Who doesn’t want healthy glowing skin!?
I received the cutest press package in the mail a couple of weeks ago for the new Mary Kay TimeWise Vitamin C squares & I couldn’t wait to try out the product. Thank you to the Mary Kay team for sending this amazing juicer over with the product, we are obsessed! & I figured this was the perfect time to show you my favorite Vitamin C Skincare products!
Below are my current must have Vitamin C skincare products that I have used & love!
What It Is: A powerful brightening oil infused with real rose petals and boosted with super C to increase skin’s absorption of vitamin C by up to 1,000 percent.
What It Is: A powerful antiaging serum formulated with vitamin C and collagen for brightening and all-day hydration.
What It Is: As the activating square dissolves in the palm of your hand, it’s transformed into a fresh, potent, pure vitamin C elixir that powers up your serum for an age-fighting boost. Fresh the first time. Fresh every time.
What It Is: An overnight facial-in-a-jar to address uneven skin tone while improving skin texture for a brighter, more luminous complexion in as little as one night. 
What It Is: A professional-strength three-step brightening system with an unprecedented 25 percent vitamin C concentrate to deliver maximum radiance in as little as one use. 

 

What are YOUR must-have Vitamin C skincare products??
Kohl's Back to School

Back to School Under $50

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How is it already time for kids to be going back to school?! I swear it was just June & now it’s already the middle of August. Time goes by far too quickly these days!

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While we’ve been doing school activities with Kannon for the past year, this year he officially starts preschool! How is my little babe so grown up? (Apparently, I’m freaking out about how quickly time is flying by haha!) In all seriousness though, it’s crazy to me that he’ll be starting kindergarten next year. If you’re a parent, you know the saying about how the days are long but the years are short. It’s SO true!

Enough about time though, let’s get into the best part about kids going back to school… The shopping! Kannon is at the age where he wants to pick out the clothes he wears (& I let him to an extent ;)). We did some shopping at Kohl’s again & he went through & picked out all of his favorite things. He has been obsessed with his “fast shoes” (black Nike’s) for over a year now but was so excited to get these black Vans & white Converse to switch things up. I love that Kohl’s has SO many different brands & options for our boys because I love that I can get everything from one store. Plus, I know that I’m getting high-quality products that my boys love, for an affordable price. It’s so nice to be able to find back to school outfits for under $50! Every outfit he’s wearing in these photos, he helped pick out & I love that he’s just as happy as I am about every piece. As you can tell, he’s got his Game Face on & he’s ready to face anything that comes his way! #GameOn

For all of you parents doing back to school shopping for your kiddos, Kohl’s is having a 20% off sitewide Friends & Family sale with the code FF20OFF 8/17-8/20 so don’t miss out on that one 🙂 (Exclusions: Gift Cards Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items prestige brands of cosmetics, skincare and select brands of fragrance select electrics premium electronics and warranty products consumables premium sunglasses sporting goods sports team merchandise select online-exclusives American Girl Columbia Converse Dyson Koolaburra by UGG Levi’s Nike and Under Armour)

Thank you to Kohl’s & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

Instagram Recap

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Since the majority of questions in my Instagram DM box are about where I purchased items, I figured it would be easier to just do little Instagram recaps here & there. Let me know if you guys have any other questions!

Denim ShirtdressWhite VansFloral Bag

 

Blush SweaterEmbroidered Denim Skirt (similar)

 

Lace Up Blush Sweater Dress – Aviator Sunglasses 

Blush Tie Front SweaterFrayed Hem JeansLoafers

 

Complete makeup tutorial HERE

 

Unicorn Tee Shirt

Striped Tee ShirtFloral Bag

Blush Sweater Embroidered Denim Skirt (similar) – Adam’s Shirt

Mean Girls Tee ShirtFrayed Hem Jeans – White Sneakers