HEALTHY HABITS FOR A HEALTHY MAMA

There are many things I feel passionate about. Healthy living is high up on the list. While I could inhale chocolate chip cookies and coffee at every meal, I really try to be as healthy as I can be. Self care is so important, and it’s also incredibly hard. Especially for parents. We give and give and give and sometimes forget to refill our cups.

I’ve been making huge efforts to take better care of myself. After all, my family deserves the best version of myself and so do I!

Postpartum is really rough for me. Really rough. And I have found that the healthier I eat, the better I feel every day.

I am super excited to have teamed up with Vive Juicery to share an incredibly easy way to be healthy. Their juices are cold pressed, leaving all the amazing nutrients of each fruit and vegetable they use to make the juice. Everything is local and FRESH. And most importantly, it’s all so delicious!

My family went in for a ten juice flight sampling and seriously got hooked! I was actually full from all the juices because they’re so nutrient dense!!!




Also, I’m obsessed with their cold brew. It’s locally made cold brew coffee blended with their amazingly delicious and healthy almond milk and it’s just soooooo good!

They also offer juice cleanses for those interested. You can use my name Tessa Marie online or in store to get 15% off a 3-day cleanse now until September 15th!

Let me know if you try any of their juices and what you think!

Thanks so much for reading my post. If love to hear how you take care of yourself and make healthy choices? Let me know in the comments.

xx

2 NEW WAYS TO STYLE A LOW PONYTAIL

I love doing new things with my hair. Pony’s have always been a favorite of mine, especially in fall when I am wearing scarves or sweaters and want my hair out of the way, but they can get boring. Lately I have been playing around with new ideas for a pony, and came up with these that I will be wearing all fall long, and I hope you will too!

1. 

  • Gather two pieces of hair as shown and tie them together. Use two pins (one on top, one on bottom) to secure the knot in place.
  • Do the same thing with two new pieces just below the first knot.
  • Pull all your hair into a low pony, just below the second knot.
  • Grab a small section of hair from the pony and wrap around your elastic, securing with pins as you go (I usually use 3).

 

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  • Part your hair, and start a dutch braid on one side right at your part. Braid toward the back of your head while you incorporate a few pieces into your braid. Stop incorporating extra hair after only a few cross overs.
  • Do the same on the other side.
  • Pull the braids apart at the top only. You only want to do the half of the braid that will be against your head (and not in the ponytail at the end).
  • Pull all your hair into a low pony.
  • Find the two braids in the pony and wrap them around your elastic to hide it (I take one braid over the top and one of the bottom). Secure with pins as you go.

What I love the most about these is that they are fast, easy, and require no prep.

I hope that they both make sense and that you like them! If you try them out, please use the hashtag #tessamariehair so I can see it!

Thanks so much for reading, and hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

xx

BABY MUST-HAVES (6-12 months)

It’s hard to believe sometimes that Calum is already 7 months old (as of yesterday!). However, the boy is pretty certain he is already one (insert eyeroll plus tears). He’s wild! And too much fun!! Every age is so different and fun to experience it, even when you have already done it before. I love this age gap because curiosity is high, and so many changes are happening.

Cal has been pulling himself up, crawling, talking, and playing for a long time now so we are starting to transition out all of the little baby stuff to the older baby stuff. I thought I would share my top 10 must have products for the older babies! It was really hard to choose, because there are SO many great things out there!

  1. A good baby carrier.  How could I ever parent two kids without baby wearing?! There are so many great ones out there, and it really is a personal preference. There are some great choices in that link!
  2. Gathre Leather Mat. Perfect for park days, pool days, changing bums.
  3. Teething toys. My kids start teething REALLY early, but most babes start around this age. And teething sucks, so it’s good to be prepared with all the great teethers!
  4. Amber Teething Necklace. Also for teething, and seriously one of my biggest must-haves. They really work! Both of my kids have had theirs on since they were tiny little babes, and I do not know what we would have done without them!
  5. Pacifier Clip. If you happen to give your baby a paci like we do, having a good clip to keep them clean, and safe from being lost is a must!
  6. Phillup Cups. Definitely for when they are older, and into toddler and older ages, but they are so great!
  7. NumNum Dips. These are amazing for the baby learning to eat and also great for teething.
  8. Nose Frida. Really for all ages, but sooooo helpful for stuffy noses! My baby had RSV as a newborn (worst experience ever, poor baby.) and this helped him get better so much faster! Life. Saver.
  9. Books. We start reading to our babes immediately, but if you haven’t started then this is a good age to do it! I love Lucy Darling books and Babylit books are seriously amazing!
  10. Toys. This age is perfect to start the stacking rings, puzzles, blocks, and other learning toys. There are so many great options.

It’s great to find a good store that you can rely on for these types of things, and for me that has been The Baby Cubby. They have everything you could ever need, and they carry amazing brands we all looooove. Whether on their website, in the retail store, or through social media (they have a great blog!) you will see a huge difference knowing that they are not there just to sell “stuff” but to be a resource for parents through the entire, wonderful, messy journey of parenthood.

A little more about The Baby Cubby:

I love that at Baby Cubby you will be encouraged, helped, and inspired by an amazing team of parents who are always reminding other moms and dads how amazing their role is. We all need that sometimes, and you can always count on The Baby Cubby Team to feel inspired and encouraged. The Baby Cubby is definitely the perfect place for any parent who has ever felt overwhelmed with becoming a parent, or with a new phase of parenting because they carry the best and safest baby gear around. They will provide you a fun shopping experience (you can test drive strollers on the “stroller track, and they price match everyday, even with Amazon!).

At The Baby Cubby you can be sure to find the greatest baby products, but also some great things for mom. They offer drive up ordering, so that busy parents don’t have to haul all of their kids and bag in just to shop, how amazing is that?! On their website you will find a list of “Cubby Picks” to help you make choices on what your family may need. They have a nice lounging area for parents and their kids to have a relaxing trip, and there is SO MUCH nursery inspiration throughout the entire store, it’s basically like a Pinterest board! It’s incredible! Anyone local has got to head over to see it, and anyone not here locally can order online and enjoy everyday free shipping on orders over $49!

But remember, The Baby Cubby is so much more because they also have their cubby community blog to discuss some of the harder topics of parenting. It is a great parenting resource!

I have been shopping with The Baby Cubby since Amelia was a baby, and I grow to love them more every shopping trip! Thanks for reading, and have a great Wednesday!

xx

 *This post was made in partnership with The Baby Cubby. All opinions are my own. I would never share a product, or company with my readers that I didn’t truly love or believe in.

FAST AND EASY SIDE FISHTAIL

I promised you a weekend post and everyone said that they wanted another hairstyle. So I’m sharing with you guys what I did this morning. It’s so so easy and really fast even if it doesn’t seem like it! I’m always getting compliments on it. 

Here’s what you do: Start with your hair parted to the side. Pull out any pieces you want to frame your face. 


Grab a section of hair at the part to start a Dutch fishtail (remember Dutch just means you’re going to take the Strands behind each time you crossover, and not over the top!) be sure to keep the braid right at your hairline. You’ll want to bring all the pieces you’re incorporating into the braid all the way to the front rather than pulling the braid back at all. 

As you’re grabbing pieces from your fishtail, begin adding pieces from the side of your head and wrapping them loosely around into your braid. 


Continue incorporating the hair from the side into your fishtail. Be sure that you use all of the hair from the opposite side of your head when your braid is halfway done. Then you’ll just finish the braid like a regular Dutch fishtail until you reach the end of your hair. Pull it apart starting at the top of the braid (tip: if you have really long hair or a sensitive scalp you should pull apart when you’re halfway done and then again at the end!). 


That’s it! Easy peasy!  Had to throw in some pictures of my cutest babes at lunch today. You guys, Calum is obsessed with hummus! Haha I love it! 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Thanks so much for taking time to read this. I hope you’ll try it out and use the hashtag #tessamariehair on social media so I can check it out! 

xx

EASY DOUBLE BRAID


Hey lovely readers! Last week I dared this hairstyle with you guys on my Instagram and had tons of requests for a tutorial. It’s so easy and simple, so here is a quick how-to! I hope you guys like it. Let me know in the comments! 

Step 1. Start with clean hair. Prep with texturizing spray. 


Step 2. Part your hair. I do it about an inch about my ears and leave out pieces to frame my face as well. 


Step 3. Do a simple 3 strand braid, as loose as you can. Gently pull it apart for a chunkier braid. Spray both the top of bottom of the braid with a medium hold hairspray. 


Step 4. Take down the second half of your hair and do another 3 strand braid, but do this one tighter! This will help give a more textured look to the final braid. 


Step 5. Secure the two braids together in one elastic. Then you’ll take about four Bobby pins and push then straight down the two braids, connecting them. I hope that makes sense! 


That’s it! I like to finish this off with a good spray of hairspray just because it’s a looser braid and if my hair is clean it’s really soft and doesn’t like to stay in its place.

Let me know if you try this braid and use the hashtag #tessamariehair on social media so I can see! 

Thanks so much guys, I hope you like this one! It’s perfect for running errands or just a casual day with the family!

xx