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Meet Abbey

This week is an all FIVE FOR FRIDAY week!  I have some lovely mamas lined up for you to meet!  Enjoy!

Today I have an adorable, sweet, fun, and creative brand-new mom for you to get to know.  She and I worked together about five years ago.  She’s always been one of the most honest and genuine people you could ever meet.  She’s the kinda girl you never forget even long after you’ve met. Her beauty leaves an impression, but her kindness is truly what sticks in your brain.  Can someone really be that nice? The answer is yes, she is.  Just like her all-American good looks, she comes by her kindness honestly.  Her parents are so sweet and super duper nice.  It’s definitely the kinda family you want to hang with.  Today Abbey is talking all about beauty, life as a new mom, sleep deprivation, and how to get a good sweat!

Meet Abbey

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Hillary Blair Photography

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Meet Dara

Once in a while you come across a smile that makes you stop and pay attention.  This mama has a smile like that.  A big, beautiful, genuine smile that radiates warmth and happiness.  I’d heard of Dara for quite some time as she is a friend of a dear friend of mine, but I’ve only recently had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a few of our Momtourage Night Outs.  She sweet and fun.  She has a big heart and you can tell that she truly loves life.

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Meet Dara

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Camping Fun

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  1. Brady, 2 months, passed out on the beach.  Most likely because of too many beers.  (Lower right corner.)
  2. Brady, 14 months, stumbling into the tent.  He really like to whoop it up when he’s camping.
  3. Lyla, 8 months.  This is the year we decided to cage her.
  4. The beach project 2 years ago.  One is made annually.
  5. Lyla, 1 1/2, catching up on the hot goss.
  6. Brady, 14 months, taking a glow bath.
  7. Brady, 14 months, playing Indian Poker with dad and poppy.
  8. Lyla, 1 1/2, doing her chores and having a bad hair day.
  9. Lyla, 1 1/2 bathing al fresco.

Camping is fun, I swear!  The above pics are some of my favorites of the kids over the years.  This will be Lyla’s 6th Yosemite trip, Brady’s 4th, and my 12th.  I think Nick’s gone every year of his life.  The best part about this year is that I don’t have to worry about a pack-n-play or very many diapers.  Woohoo!

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Detoxing and Dry Brushing

Yesterday, I confessed that I am 10% hippie and love OP.  Today’s post is along the same vein.  Over the years I’ve learned to love a good cleansing detox in addition to regular exercise.  I’ve been married for almost 9 years and in that time I’ve had a few weight fluctuations.  The first one was stress and “love pounds” during the first year of marriage, then again with each kid.  I never feel comfortable when I’m carrying some extra weight around.  It’s about that time that I start to look for ways to kick start my weight loss.  The first time I did this was a super unhealthy situation when I was trying to drop a few LBs (like 3) before my big wedding day.  I totally did that “Hollywood Miracle Diet” drink, you basically dilute some disgusting (most likely toxic) juice with water and drink it for a few days.  It was terrible and unhealthy.  I do not condone or promote it.  And have never done it since.

While working as a wedding planner at an awesome facility, I started to learn all about raw eating, juicing, and why one needs to eat to live and not live to eat.  This is also where my love affair with wheatgrass shots began; liquid sunshine!  I did some guided juice cleanses while there and always loved the results.  Yes, I lost a few pounds, but the benefits went far beyond that.  My tastebuds were re-set, my skin cleared, I had more energy, I slept better and on and on and on.

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Detox for Women by Natalia Rose

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Oil Pulling


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Oil Pulling: it sounds absolutely nothing like what it actually is.  Basically you use coconut oil as a mouth wash.  A natural mouthwash that has more and different benefits than say, Listerine.  Not bashing Listerine.  I love a fresh mouth and I believe in Listerine and Listerine strips.  Seriously, they rock!  But I’m talking about an all natural mouthwash that has an antioxidant in it (Vitamin E) and is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal (lauric acid and monolaurin).  It also has tons of vitamins: A,D,E and K.  Basically all the vitamins add up to being good for the immune system, protecting against UV rays, promoting strong bones and teeth, and better blood-clotting.

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The world is big

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Our family’s annual trip to Yosemite is just around the corner.  It’s a time that kids and adults alike look forward to throughout the year.  When I tell people that I tent-camp for a week every year, they are pretty surprised.  When I tell them that I’ve been doing it for almost 12 years with my kids when one was eight months and when the other was two months, they are shocked.

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Meet Jen

This Friday I have a funny, beautiful, and super stylish mama for you to meet!  Jen is an easy going girl that enjoys a good time.  Never a dull moment with her, this girl has some stories!  She has been a regular at our Momtourage Night Outs for many months now and always has an interesting story or a funny experience to share about her life.  She looks far too young to have had all the life experiences she’s had, but that’s all part of her charm.  I do have to warn you that after putting this post together I have added several items on my shopping list….

Meet Jen

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