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Video: How To Start A Natural Skincare Routine + Art of Pure

This year I’m switching to a natural skincare routine – using products  that are both effective AND good for me.

A few weeks ago, Art of Pure held a pop-up shop at CH/LL Chicago, and I was so excited to attend. There were beauty products to play with, followed by my choice of meditation or yoga workshop – basically my ideal Saturday morning. I would also get the chance to meet boss babe, entrepreneur mama, and Art of Pure founder, Monika Joshi. But then life happened, and unfortunately I had to miss out. However, one of my resolutions this year is to be more proactive, so I decided to reach out to see if she would be willing to meet with me, and to my delight, she agreed!

Starting a natural skincare routine isn’t easy. There are lots of products marketed as ‘natural’ that aren’t really, and there are also ingredients that read like they could be toxic chemicals, when in fact that is just the scientific term being used for something natural.

Which is precisely why I was thrilled to meet with Joshi. Art of Pure is a one stop shop, a thoughtfully curated selection of high-performing natural skin care and beauty products. Natural products have come a long way. It used to be a trade off, you either used stuff that was good for you, or stuff that actually worked. Now the problem isn’t finding a natural skincare product, but deciphering the labels and choosing one.  Art of Pure can help narrow down that list for you.

In this video, I ask Monika to share some of her personal favorite skincare products, and also her advice for a day time and night time skincare routine. I even get personal and ask her advice for any aspiring entrepreneurs out there looking to quit their job and follow their passion like she did. (I’m obsessed with her answer to that question, btw.) After our meeting, I left with a few samples of most of the products we talk about, and I’ve already started using them and I really love them.

According to Monika, there isn’t only one ‘right’ way, but the most important thing about your skincare routine is to keep it up. To see results, it is important to have a ritual, and to stay consistent with it.

Day Time:

  1. Cleanse skin twice using an oil-based cleanser. Massage cleanser into skin, and remove with towel.
  2. Apply Serum
  3. Use Toner
  4. Moisturize (note: If serum is oil-based, you can skip this step unless you feel you need more moisture)

Night Time:

  1. Like Day Time, cleanse skin twice using an oil based cleanser, massaging into skin and wiping with towel. Try opting for a different cleanser for the second time.
  2. Apply Serum
  3. Use Toner
  4. Apply Oil blend
  5. Moisturize using a slightly heavier moisturizer or a balm into skin.

Check out the video to learn more and please don’t forget to like and subscribe to my channel! All of the products mentioned can be found at ArtofPure.com.

Sophia’s Nursery Reveal – Watercolor Whimsy

Sophia’s sweet little nursery is finally complete! The theme of the room is ‘watercolor whimsy’ – because of the botanical watercolor tapestry and because I just like the word ‘whimsy’.

Side note: People either love or hate that word – it’s very controversial. Tom definitely hates it, especially when i make the ‘whimsy’ sound like ‘h-wimsy’. (I do it on purpose…hehe)

Watch the video to get a virtual tour, then scroll down for more pictures and links!

11 months in and we are finally done. I started this whole room design with an impulse thrift buy, the chair and the side table. I loved that pink velvet chair and the brass side table with the branch detail on the legs. I knew I was going to be using the color pink, but I didn’t want to go overboard – I still wanted the room to look sophisticated enough for her to grow into.

As much as I wanted to go out and buy a new crib and changing table, I had Adam’s old one that was in perfect condition at home so I had to check myself.

Adam always slept in our bed with us , so his crib was basically brand new. Even though I wanted a new one, I couldn’t justify the wasteful spending. I tried selling it but wasn’t getting any offers anywhere near what it was valued at. After stewing over it for a bit, I just rolled up my sleeves and painted it into a soft grey color. The finished product works even better than I thought it would!

Once I knew I had a palette of pink, grey, and gold – I started to look for wall paper that would incorporate a few more colors. I wanted a fun print, but something that wasn’t too baby-ish. I tried many wallpaper samples but didn’t find one I really wanted. Then I found this amazing tapestry and instantly fell in love. Also, we are looking to move in the near future, so this will work well as we can bring it along with us. We took it to Home Depot and matched it with some paint we used to brighten up the walls in the room – which were originally a warm cream color – see here.

I knew I wanted a daybed to make the room even more functional. I love to nurse laying down, especially in the beginning when I was still recovering from my c-section. This daybed has a trundle bed too and really comes in handy when we have family visiting from out of town. I plan on using this as Sophia’s toddler bed in the future when she outgrows the crib.

And finally I made a little corner reading nook where I have shelves that are low enough so Sophia can reach for her favorite book. Next to it is a basket I use to store all of her toys. She always bolts for that basket as soon as she gets in the room. I guess that means she loves her new room!
What do you think??
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Shop the room:

Tapestry (on sale!)

Crib (Exact available in white)

Chalk Paint (I used to paint crib and changing table) in Selznick Grey

Mirror

Daybed

Bedding

Brass Reading Lamp

Floor Lamp

Rug

Rocking Horse

Ceramic Flowers

Bunny Wall Decor

Half Dot Garland

Bookshelves

Chair and side table: Thrifted

Toy Basket, Small Lamp on Changing Table, Pillow on Daybed, Pillow in Crib: HomeGoods

 

Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie + Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese & Pear

Hungry for something really hearty on a cold winter’s day? Try my take on Shepherd’s pie. I first tried and fell in love with Shepherd’s Pie way back when Tom and I were working together but not yet admitting we had a thing for each other. We had a work Christmas party at an Irish Pub and they served it, with all of the rich and flavorful meat and veggies on the bottom, and creamy whipped mashed potatoes on top. As usual my first thought was – I can make this at home!

My favorite recipe for traditional shepherds pie is this one, but in this video I share my version which I have tweaked to make a little healthier. Trust me though, it is just as good.

The second recipe in the video is a great side dish or lunch dish. I’m obsessed with beets, and that is a good thing because here are some of the benefits: high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). They also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects

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