Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl

Nursery Tale

Monday, August 31, 2015

About two weeks ago Alex contacted me from Wayfair to see if I would be interested in sharing my Nursery Tale for an upcoming campaign. Things are a little hectic right now for our family, but I just couldn't resist!
Lets talk a little tour of Olivia's room! 
The room that we chose for the nursery used to be my Husbands office. We (meaning my Husband) installed new carpet, base boards and painted the entire room for me when I came home from work one day. I have always been a fan of pink and gray so I knew that was the colors scheme I wanted for her room. All of the canvas paintings my Mom and I found at Hobby Lobby. We bought the dresser/changing table for $25 and refurnished it in one day. You can see the before and after here. The banner was hand made by my wonderful Sister in Law for my shower and I loved it so much I decided to use it in nursery. The beautiful painting of the little girl was hand drawn by a good friend of my Mother in Laws. I love her work. She is amazing. The convertible crib was a gift from my Mom and we bought it at Buy Buy Baby.
All along in my mind, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted her room to look like but in the end whenever I came across stuff I liked that I knew would look cute. I just bought them knowing they would look great in her room. The only thing I have left to finish is the gallery wall.
Mommy confession: as much as I love her room, I am still not ready for her to sleep in her own crib just yet!
Hope you enjoyed the tour!

The Honest Company Review

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Since Olivia was born a little over two months ago, I’ve been making a conscious effort to really pay attention to what we put on our bodies, as much as what we put in them. Because our skin is our largest organ, it really does matter what we use. I had always heard about The Honest Company before, but just never really thought about using any of their products because I am so used to just using the same products over and over again. My Husband was the one that actually brought home this laundry detergent for me to try and I absolutely fell in love with it. The scent is so subtle, but it’s there… and I love that! It isn’t overpowering, it’s quite light and lovely. Even though it is more expensive than other brands I buy, it's so worth it.
They have so many other products that I want to try now!
What products have you tried that you love from The Honest Company?

Video Review: Emjoi Micro Pedi

You can find the Emjoi Micro Pedi HERE, HERE and HERE


15 Ways To Improve Your Physical Appearance

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We are all striving to be the best version of ourselves and in doing so, we want to be able to put our best foot forward. Though all of our attention should not be on our physical appearance, it is the first impression others have of us and greatly contributes to our own feelings of confidence and self-assurance. Here are some great ways you can improve your physical appearance, without making drastic changes:

Early to Bed, Early to Rise: Get plenty of sleep to look more rested. Aim for seven to eight hours a night for the best results. Be careful of oversleeping as well. 

Drink Enough Water: When we are dehydrated, we are actually more fatigued and it shows in our skin. In fact, it can even make us look older than we are. Shoot for drinking more water and less of the sugary or carbonated drinks.

Practice Affirmations: Look at yourself in the mirror each morning and repeat to yourself the encouragement you need to get going each day. As mentioned here, having these affirmations can help you have more energy and put that extra pep in your step. 

Exercise Regularly: Be sure to incorporate both cardio and weight training to increase lean muscle tissue and decrease fat storage. This will lead to a more trim physical appearance, not to mention you will have more energy, a better immune system, and greater overall health. 

Reduce Salt Intake: A diet high in salt (often due to eating processed foods or adding salt to foods) can lead to water retention and bloating. Focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, along with low sodium foods to counter these negative effects.

Buy Flattering Clothing: Sizes can vary from store to store so focusing on the number on the tag is really pointless. Instead, it should really come down to how an article of clothing fits you. If it doesn’t fit well, it won’t look good. Make a point to buy flattering clothing rather than fixating on the size. 

Smile More Often: Studies have shown that a person who smiles is more attractive than a person who is not smiling. This simple change can work wonders and help others to feel more comfortable around you.  

Be Sun Smart: The sun can do serious damage to our skin. Instead of laying out for hours, lathered in lotions, avoid the sunlight when you can and wear sunscreen when you are outside. Keep a hat and sunglasses handy any time you will be outside for an extended period of time.

Improve Your Posture: Not only is it healthy for your spine, but it gives off a great sense of confidence. Keep your shoulders back, your core tight and your chin raised for better posture and an overall better appearance. 

Practice Good Hygiene: This may be a no brainer, but simply making sure you have showered, brushed your teeth, and are wearing clean clothes can make a big difference in your physical appearance.

Shape Your Eyebrows: For women, having well shaped eyebrows can be a great improvement. While you can go to a salon or spa to have them done professionally, there are plenty of videos and tutorials online for you to learn how to do it yourself.

Keep Facial Hair in Check: Beards are a popular sign of manliness, but an unkempt beard just looks messy. If you have facial hair, take the time to keep it trimmed and neat rather than letting it get unruly. 

Whiten Your Teeth: Should you think your pearly whites could be a little whiter, you might look into teeth whitening, but become discouraged by the prices. There are more economical ways to whiten teeth, such as swishing with hydrogen peroxide, that will yield good results. 

Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol: Both tobacco and alcohol can have a negative effect on our physical appearance, from oral hygiene to quite literally aging us. Look for healthier ways to socialize or cope that won’t wear so hard on you.

Manage Stress: Our stress levels can have an adverse effect on our physical appearance. Yoga, breathing exercises, writing in a journal, and having vent sessions with a friend are all great ways to manage stress.

While none of these suggestions are revolutionary, they can all have a powerful impact on not only your physical appearance, but more importantly how you feel about yourself. Confidence is something that shines through to add an extra glow to any outfit you have on.