It’s a Two-Tti Fruity Party!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. Audrey turned 2 last month and we hosted a Two-Tii Fruity party. I love a good, themed event! We hosted at our home where Phil had spend the previous few weekends getting our back yard guest ready. We set up the food inside and outside we had the water table set up, along with a pitching machine and a trampoline.

Getting a picture of her is next to impossible at this stage. Here are a few from before the party got started.

Phil brought the lei from his work trip that week to Hawaii-she did not know what to think about it! HAHA. In fairness, it was cold!

Last year I made a lot of the food but this year I bought everything. I just didn’t have the time. I did make all of the cupcake toppers, wrappers, and the topper on her jumbo cupcake (all from my Cricut!). Target Dollar Spot was a great place to find the banners and some of the other decor that I didn’t get a picture of. They had a lot of lemonade stand style decor that worked perfectly with our fruit theme. I bought the pineapple banner last year because I loved it so much, it’s gold glitter, and finally was able to pull it out.

Cupcakes are serious business!

We had a lot of fun that day. What party themes have you hosted and loved?

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The best thing I did as a new mom

I am an extroverted introvert. I love being around people; that’s how I recharge but I don’t care to be the center of attention. In my last job, I was alone in the office often. Phil could always tell when the financial advisor I worked with had been out because I would talk his ear off once I got home. I go stir crazy by myself. That’s not to say that I don’t need some time to get away every now and then, because I do, but for the most part I am always up for doing something with someone.

This personality trait is why I KNEW that I would need to tap into that extroverted side of myself more. We had decided that I was not going to go back to work after having Audrey but I knew that I could not sit at home all day every day. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do this but I decided to start with the New Mom’s Group at my hospital. I’ve found that a lot of hospitals or pediatric offices offer this so check with your local office!

Going to this group each week until Audrey was about 7 months old (at that point she became mobile and tried to steal toys from the babies that were only a few weeks/months old) has made such an impact on my experience as a mom. While it has been invaluable to have mom friends with older kids to share their experience, there is nothing like having a group that is in the thick of it with you. Going to this group, making friends within this group, and maintaining friendships that stemmed from this group has been the best thing I have done as a new mom. These are the moms that I go to first when something happens, not only with Audrey but really anything in life. Now, it does get a little birthday party crazy for about 6 weeks in the late spring/early summer, but I love watching all these littles grow. We get together with the kids, we get together without the kids, we celebrate birthdays, the arrival of siblings, heartache, and triumphs!

My advice to new moms is find a connection. Lack of social support is listed as one of the top risk factors for postpartum depression according to the CDC and http://www.knowppd.com. In our local moms facebook page for the region I live in, there are “classified ads” for mom friends consistently. Connection and community are key to who we are as people. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a gaggle of girlfriends or a “mom tribe.” Sometimes it just takes that one mom friend that you can call or text when you and or your little is having a day with no judgement coming back at you.

Another great way to connect is through MOPS. These groups are all over the world and get together on a regular basis with other moms that have children in Kindergarten or younger. MOPS also has MOMSnext which seems to be new (I am not finding a lot of information on it) but is geared for moms with school age kids.

For nursing moms, Le Leche League is another great way to connect with moms local to you. Unfortunately my local group is not that active but I have heard amazing things from other moms in other areas!

Own your own business? Mommies Hiring Mommies is a national resource for mom entrepreneurs to connect.

Type into Google or Facebook, “moms groups near me” and there will be a ton of options! Some are based on the are you live in, some are based on specific interests, and there are countless other categories available that can fit your needs.

The other greatest thing I did, or we did as parents? Got a Rock N Play. Seriously, this was the only reason I got any sleep those first few months! 😉

What was the best thing you did as a new mom?

The product that has drastically changed my skin for the better!

If you follow me on Instagram or we’re friends on Facebook then you know that I have become obsessed with a new skincare product called Joyome. I want to share ALL the details with you!

Why I chose Joyome
I have always struggled with my skin. Even when my skin was at it’s best, I would still wear full coverage foundation because it was prone to breakouts, redness, large pores, oily-ness, the list goes on. I received a sample of Joyome from a friend and instantly fell in love. My skin was immediately noticeably different. Now, a bit of backstory. Before this blog I was an Independent Consultant for a skin care company. I sold great skincare. I learned not only about the product I was selling but I researched everything about skincare in general and a passion grew from that. Since then I have tried so many different products and while some have been good, I never felt like they were great. It wasn’t until I started using Origins that I actually repurchased product. I thought that my skin was as good as it was going to get. Anyway, fast forward to about 2 weeks ago and I tried Joyome. In about one week I went from wearing a full coverage foundation daily to wearing just a tinted moisturizer confidently! I decided to become an ambassador because everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin and I want to help! Check out my personal before and after pictures. The difference after just 2 weeks astounds me!

My dark spots are lighter, my oily-ness has evened out, my redness is diminished, the puffiness around my eyes is reduced, my pores are visibly smaller, and you can’t see it by my skin is SO smooth! Plus, it’s SO easy! Joyome is simply a pair of serums. One to be used in the morning the other at night after using your regular cleanser and toner. I’ve been using Origins for awhile now so I just replaced my Origins serum with Joyome and the results are amazing. I still use a moisturizer although you may not need one.

Joyome by Plexus
Plexus is the Health and Happiness Company! They have supplements and vitamins to support weight management, nutrition, and personal care. I’ve been a customer for a while and love the product! I currently use X Factor, a multi-vitamin, and I just started using Plexus Slim again (AKA The Pink Drink!). Recently this company has been at the forefront of health by focusing on the Microbiome (as spotlighted in GLAMOUR and Success From Home magazines) which is simply the importance of starting your health journey at the cellular level with your body. So, while the skin care has blown me away, Plexus has so many other great products to help you and whatever your health goals are.

What’s in Joyome?
Joyome is a patent-pending complex that balances your skins Microbiome. It is a unique prebiotic blend that combats the signs of aging, minimizes the appearance of pores, helps to brighten skin, improves the texture of skin, and more! There are 11 primary multi-active ingredients that provide these results. What’s not in it? It’s free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde and more! I love that Joyome was created using European standards. Did you know that in the EU over 1300 ingredients are banned but in the US it’s significantly less! I feel confident about the product safety when using it, plus there’s a 60 day money back guarantee. Win-win! You can read about why each ingredient was chosen here.

What makes it different?
Sure, there are other products out there that are up to EU standards, GMO free, and cruelty free but one thing that makes Joyome different is how the product is delivered to your skin. The HydraLipid Delivery System is a patented delivery system that uses the same lipids naturally found in skin which allows for enhanced absorption through the skins outer layer. This means that it allows the product to actually reach the areas of the skin where it’s needed most.

Results
You’ve seen my personal results above. Here are some other pictures for you to check out. In clinical trials, after 8 weeks 100% saw a reduction in facial lines and wrinkles. 100% saw increased hydration. 97% saw a reduction in pore size. 91% saw improved skin elasticity. 91% saw a reduction in under-eye puffiness. These results are amazing and the pictures really speak for themselves.

Get Joyome for yourself!
You can check out Joyome here. I am here to answer your questions so ask away! I can also help with any other vitamins or supplements you are looking for. Let’s get healthy inside and out!