Motherly Moments

A new Mom’s take on motherhood and making memories

When I was sixteen years old, I wrote a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 30. My "30 List" included the whimsy of my sixteen-year-old self (#1: Swim with dolphins) and the aspirations of a young adult (#31: Fall in love). Of the items on the list, however, the one dearest to my heart is #67: Be a mom.

This year, eight days before my 30th birthday, I will celebrate my first Mother's Day.

On the afternoon of January 11th via emergency C-section, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Addison Ruth. The first few weeks after we got home from the hospital were difficult. She was fussy, her days and nights were reversed, and as first-time parents, we were overwhelmed. The past few months have gotten progressively better, we figured out how to calm her, began to understand her better and learned to savor the sweet moments.
As a new mom, it is the small moments that give me comfort and confidence. The joy you feel when your little one rewards you with a sweet smile or squeal of delight is nearly unparalleled,  but so is the heart break you feel when you are unable to successfully calm your inconsolable baby. In bath time, we found both of these extremes.

While the warm baths were enjoyable, Addison did not appreciate the cold world that followed and she had no qualms letting us know just how she felt. In adjusting our bath routine to include the Tender Moments Collection, we have been able to make this time much more enjoyable for all of us. The Tender Moments Lavender & Chamomille Softening Baby Hair and Body Wash is tear-free (which is so important with our squirmy little girl), and the scent of the lotion relays comfort and calm.

Addison seems to love the entire Tender Moments Lavender & Chamomile Collection, and where she finds solace - so do we! Our baby bath routine has become one of my favorite evening activities and is now full of tender moments with our sweet girl.

My mom used to tell me that I would never know how much she loved me, until I had a child of my own. It wasn't until I became pregnant that I understood the depth of a mother's love, my mother's love. Being a mother is the most wonderful, terrifying, joyful, stressful, and rewarding thing I have ever done.

To all the children out there... be sure to show your Mother love and appreciation, you may not yet know just how much she loves you. To all the moms, Happy Mother's Day and I couldn’t be happier to be one of you.

Fab Five: A+ Summer Picks

New arrivals for a new season

We’ve got some exciting new arrivals and pretty little exclusives in this chic top 5! See which products we predict will be our favorites this summer. 
Lose yourself in Earthy Pink Pepper, creamy Silk Woods and rare Rose Centifolia with the alluring new arrival, Rose Blossom.  Hand-selected in the perfume capital of the world, this romantic fragrance is the ideal scent to lose yourself in.
Our new Royal Jelly Berry Powerful Lip Care is packed with antioxidants and helps soften and smooth the delicate skin on your lips. Treat yourself to smoother, healthier-looking lips with this conditioning lip care that has the nourishing power of blueberries and Royal Jelly.
We’ve have never had a product like this before. The Powder Blush Cheek Duo from the Pretty Collection gives you double the pretty in one pretty little place! It features our customer favorite Powder Blush in a split pan you can only get as a part of this spring exclusive. The ideal beauty collection for spring, this duo has two easy-to-blend hues inside for you to use separately or blend together to create the perfect rosy glow.
Our beloved eyeliner in a matte finish, for the first time ever! Our Luxe Matte Inkwell Eyeliner from the Wanderlove Collection gives you high pigment, fast-drying liquid eyeliner with a fine, automatic brush for insanely accurate application. It’s fade-proof and smudge-proof, plus the new matte finish has us swooning.
Get perfectly shaped eyebrows with this long-wearing Brow Pomade from JAFRA Beauty. The cream-to-powder formula colors and defines eyebrows for a natural, smudge-free finish.

Mom Beauty Hacks

Tricks for busy moms to feel beautiful, fast

Women are natural multi-taskers. This rings even more true once they give birth to another little human for whom they are completely responsible for, not just for a year, but for their entire lives. Now the question is, while trying to run a household, a business and taking care of children, how does a mom look and feel beautiful? Here are some beauty hacks for moms to get you started.
Treat While You Clean
If you have young children, especially toddlers, the task of cleaning is a constant effort! One amazing time saver is to do your skin and hair care treatments while you clean; not only is your house tidy, but you will be glowing! Finding the time to sit for 10 to 20 minutes and wait for a mask to do its thing isn’t always an option. Jump in the shower for a quick shampoo, apply a hair mask like JAFRA’s Moisture Replenish Hair Mask, and secure your hair. Next, apply a face mask, such as JAFRA’s Malibu Miracle Mask. After tidying up for 20 minutes, hop back in the shower for a fast rinse and voila! Healthy hair and radiant skin to go with your newly clean home.
Save Time with Natural Tresses
Becoming a busy mother creates an opportunity to embrace your natural beauty from time to time; especially your hair. If your old hair regimen consisted of time consuming steps like blow drying, curling or flat-ironing, try to let your hair live in its natural state. Look for products that can help your hair be its best, naturally. Try applying a detangler like JAFRA’s Hair Detangling Shine Spray and letting your locks air dry on the go. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results!
Double Duty Products
Products that do more than one function are a busy mom’s BFF! Look for products that not only perfect your skin, but protect them as well, such as JAFRA’s CC Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It primes, moisturizes, and minimizes imperfections all while protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays. If you love a good manicure, choose a quick drying nail polish, like JAFRA’s Rapid Dry Nail Lacquer.
Products That Go the Distance
Fast moving moms know that reapplying makeup or touching up chipped nails is a major time stealer. Instead, look for products that will get you through the day without having to worry about fading or wearing off. JAFRA’s Makeup Setting Spray, which is infused with natural antioxidants, will perk up your spirit with its revitalizing hydrators while setting your makeup for the day.
Gel manicures are great, but if you don’t have the time to go to a nail salon, try using an at-home gel-system, like JAFRA’s Beyond Brilliant Gel Nail Lacquer and Beyond Brilliant Gel UV Top Coat. Designed to create a gel manicure at home without a UV lamp, your nails will be able to withstand even the wildest toddler!

Spring Wedding Rush

Tips and ideas to make this your best wedding season yet

Spring is here and with it comes all of the wedding invites common for this time of year. Weddings are not just wonderful occasions to share with our loved ones, they also give us a reason to buy pretty new dresses and shower our soon-to-be married friends with gifts they will cherish forever. Here are some ideas and tips to give you a head start on the spring wedding season!
Wedding Guest Etiquette
Whether it’s the first wedding of the season or your first wedding ever, it is always a good idea to follow wedding guest etiquette. RSVP as soon as the invitation arrives and if it’s a destination wedding, be sure to book your travel in a timely manner to secure the best rates. Also, this would be a great time to send a gift to the happy couple. Not only do you get to cross gift purchasing off of your to-do list, it also shows the couple that you’re excited about and supportive of their upcoming union.
Unique and Useful Gifts
A couple’s registry is obviously a great place to start for gift ideas, but sometimes you want to give
the couple something a little more creative and personal. If the couple is planning a honeymoon to a
tropical destination, putting together a fun-in-the-sun package complete with the necessary SPF and
cute couple accessories, like matching towels, can be a really fun way to show that you care.
Another gift idea is to create an at-home spa package for the newlyweds to pamper each other with.
Fill a large basket with his and hers robes and everything they will need for a relaxing spa day, like
JAFRA’s Soothing Mineral Bath Salts and Royal Olive Body Oil. You could also include his and hers
skin care with the Royal Jelly Ritual for the bride and the JF9 Chrome Skin Care Collection for the
groom, so the bride won’t have to share. ;)
Fabulous Wedding Guest Frocks
This wedding season has amazing options when it comes to wedding guest looks. For day or night
weddings, you can’t go wrong with a classic wrap dress. Try a bold hue like electric blue, emerald
green or ultra-violet, an especially hot color this year. If the wedding is in the evening, a maxi dress
and strappy heels is a great go-to combo. Floral print dresses from mild to wild are another key trend
this spring. These are perfect for daytime weddings from the garden to the beach. Go for fun details that are having a moment like ruffles, dramatic bell sleeves and printed matching sets, and you’re sure to have a stylish, love-filled wedding season
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