So after the year we’ve had, I would guess (at least, speaking from my personal experience), every Mom would like a break. Honestly, a vacation. Truly. Desperately needed. But that might be a tall order for a Hallmark holiday. 😉 (In fact this post is late because not 1, not 2 but all 3 kids were up at all different times tonight making it very challenging to finish and send this out!)
A vacation, or even one night off, is not in the cards for me personally (unless anyone reading this wants a sleepover with 3 ADORABLE but completely dependent kids?! LOL!), and might not for some other hard working, exhausted Moms out there either. So I came up with a list that might pamper her, nurture her, replenish her and at least give her a small break.
As a super busy Mom of 3, I wanted to share the products I use everyday that help me in different ways. Some keep me healthy, some are luxurious and are part as my self care but either way, they keep me going. Some times it’s the small moments, that lead to a better whole.
Here is an example of my day and how I use these items to really make a difference in my life. I start my morning using Osea‘s ocean cleanser, sea vitamin boost mist and hyaluronic sea serum. It’s fast and easy but I never miss this step before putting on sunscreen! I apply a few Young Living essential oil blends: Joy over my heart, Stress Away to my wrists and neck and Thieves to the bottom of my feet. Then I have a mug of warm lemon water and I follow that with the Pique liposomal Vitamin C. Then I slip on my Rothy‘s (I don’t have time to tie shoes! LOL!) and take the girls to school. For an afternoon pick me up (if I can make it that long! Sometimes I have it earlier in the day.) I make a Pique Sun Goddess Matcha latte. It’s just what I need to get me through the rest of the day. Then before dinner, I try to sneak in an infrared sauna session with my Higher Dose sauna blanket while the kids are watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. After that I take a quick shower, use my Osea skin care products and drink an Organifi green juice as my binder (to bind and take out all the extra toxins released by the sauna) but often have to share with the kids since once they see the green juice, they want some! After the kids go down to bed (we diffuse Young Living’s Peace & Calming essential oil for everyone in the evening!), my husband and I enjoy an Organifi Gold latte (it’s like a turmeric latte) or Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao and then get ready for bed. I use some Osea (depends on my mood, which serum or oil I use) and then I use my gua sha tool from Wilding Beauty. Before getting into bed I apply my Young Living lip balm (grapefruit is my favorite!) and spritz Osea’s Vagus Nerve spray over my bed. This routine works for me – except for the occasional sauna session, nothing I mentioned takes long but packs loads of benefits and really helps me maximize the time I have.
I hope this is helpful! Many of the products below also have bundles, gift packs, starter sets, etc all of which make a great gift if you aren’t sure which ‘one’ to pick!
Happy (almost) Mother’s Day to all the hardworking mamas out there!
Mother’s Day Gift Guide!
THE BEST ORGANIC SKINCARE
As most of you know who follow me on Instagram, I am obsessed with Osea Malibu‘s skin care products (pictured here is only some of my line up!). Some reasons: vegan, gluten free, small business, family owned, WOMEN owned, climate neutral certified, scents are AMAZING – light and fresh (and I HATE things with scents!, gorgeous, eco-friendly and sustainable glass bottles, beautiful and…. they REALLY work!)
I am highlighting 3 of my favorite Osea producst I use daily but I started out getting the starter sets. Smaller size bottles and you get to try more of the product all in a cute vegan white leather cosmetic bag!
They also have a Bestsellers collection which would be a beautiful gift!
Here are 3 I use daily (I use more but didn’t want to overwhelm you!) 🙂
After washing my face with the Osea Ocean Cleanser, I then spritz my face and neck with this beautiful Sea Vitamin Boost mist for moisture and anti-aging benefits. This facial mist plumps the look of fine lines and tones your skin for a healthy, radiant glow. Loaded with antioxidant-rich seaweed and pomegranate that visibly reduce signs of aging. This vitamin elixir nourishes skin exposed to environmental blue light all day.
People have reported that it helps them with breakouts, evens out skin complexion and skin is more moisturized/hydrated. Great for refreshing throughout the day (which is what I do) and for setting makeup!
See my latest IG Reel to see it in action!
After using the Sea Vitamin Boost, I apply a few drops of the Hyaluronic Serum. (You really don’t need much! A little goes a long way!)
I have used other hyaluronic acids from other (natural) companies and they have done nothing. This one really works. You can feel your face tightening! It’s hydration leads to a glowy complexion. People have reported that age spots, fine lines, redness and dark circles disappeared! It’s hydrating, plumping, goes on light and absorbs easily. I personally use it every morning and every night!
Osea’s Undaria Algae Body Oil is the best body oil I have ever used! It’s light, absorbs easily and the light, citrusy scent smells like heaven! I feel like I’m at a spa, every time I use this. People have reported stretch marks getting lighter, bumps on arms, itchy skin and rashes have gone away, and softer skin!
I might have mentioned that code ABBY gets you $10 off your first purchase of $90+. But I reached out and asked for an extra discount for you all and they gave me an EXCLUSIVE discount JUST FOR YOU! You can use it and you can share it with a trusted friend or family member but please don’t post it anywhere or they will revoke it. It’s literally just for my peeps! E-mail or DM me if you want the code.
THE BEST GUA SHA TOOL
My favorite gua sha tool is from Wildling Beauty (this is mine!). It’s amazing for toning the skin, and even eases stress/tension in the jaw & neck. (And if there’s one thing any Mom needs, it’s something that reduces stress & tension!) I use it mainly as part of my night time skin routine. Just takes a few minutes!
The Empress Stone is a patented facial gua sha tool designed to sculpt and reinvigorate the skin. Unlike other gua sha stones typically made from quartz, the Empress is composed of Bian stone, an amalgamate of 40+ minerals known for their healing properties. Each edge of the tool is intentionally architected to enhance the practice of facial gua sha, which is a traditional Chinese beauty practice.
Known for its rejuvenating properties, Bian stone was created when a meteor struck a mountain in ancient China. It is said to emit ultrasound pulsations, far infrared rays, and negative ions as a result of the cosmic impact — all of which are known for their antioxidant and anti-aging effects on cells and DNA.
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THE BEST TRIPLE-TOXIN-SCREENED TEAS + LIPOSOMAL VITAMIN C
You may know that I love matcha. Which is why I LOVE Pique Tea crystals ! They cold-brew pure, organic tea for hours and then triple-screen it for pesticides, heavy metals & toxic mold. Their tea crystals have all the amazing benefits tea is known for (like polyphenols & l-theanine) without any of the bad stuff!
Plus, they source organic teas from small family farms where they have been growing tea for generations. Matcha & Sencha from Japan, Green tea from China, Chamomile from Egypt, Black tea from Sri Lanka, etc. I love supporting companies that go above and beyond.
As I’ve mentioned many, many times, you want to consume food and drinks (like tea) with maximum benefits. Pique Tea delivers on that big time!
With a baby that often gets up ready to play at 5am, a toddler who wakes up around 6am and wants me to read her a book, and a 7 year old who wakes up soon after and takes out every toy she can find, I’m wiped out by the afternoon! I am so grateful I found the BEST pick-me-up out there! No jitters, no crashes, no negative side effects… just something that gives me energy and a host of other benefits too! Pique Tea‘s Sun Goddess matcha is the BEST matcha ever! (And trust me, I’ve tried most of them. I’ve been a matcha drinker for about a decade now!). It has concentrated antioxidants that protect skin from harmful free radicals and supports healthy digestion. It provides me with sustained energy too! It’s 100% organic, ceremonial grade and screened for contaminants (like seriously … it’s quadruple screened for toxins, mold, radioactive isotopes and heavy metals).
Also, as a super busy Mom I have no time (or support) to get sick. I keep myself healthy by taking Pique’s Daily Immune Liposomal Vitamin C. Having tried other awful-tasting liposomal C’s, I can truthfully say, this is the BEST Vitamin C I have ever taken! The Liposomal technology helps deliver vitamin C right into your cells for maximized absorption. It supports healthy collagen levels for youthful, radiant skin and healthy aging from within. Maybe that’s why everyone thinks I’m younger than I am?! 🙂 It also tastes like fresh berries (it’s made with black European Elderberry). It tastes like candy for adults! Even better? It has only 7 CLEAN INGREDIENTS! It’s non-GMO, soy free, no refined sugars, no preservatives, no additives and 100% vegan.
See my IG TV post all about it!
Just for Mothers’ Day, if you spend $100 you’ll get these 3 exquisite bonuses:
- Exclusive 53-page recipe book ($25 value) – A REAL book (not an eBook!) full of unique tea recipes that are so indulgent, Mom will hardly notice they’re also healthy.
- Heartfelt Mother’s Day Card – Pre-printed with timeless, touching words.
- Donation to Every Mother Counts – For every $100 you spend, they are making a $5 donation to this incredible female-founded organization to support its mission.
Use code ABBY for FREE shipping and 5% off! Love it, or your money back. (But I promise you’ll love it!)
THE BEST SUPERFOOD POWDERS
Since I haven’t been going to juice bars and coffee shops, I brought them to ME! 🙂
Organifi makes great gently dried organic superfood powders.
Their Green powder makes an amazing green juice with 11 nutrient-packed superfoods, and is perfect for post-sauna or just as a morning detox.
Their Red powder is the perfect healthy afternoon pick-me-up, and gives me energy. My girls love it too!
Their Gold line of turmeric lattes are my go-to drink to unwind after a long day. Plus they’re loaded with superfood adaptogens like mushrooms, turmeric, ginger & more.
Use code ABBY for a discount!
INFRARED SAUNA FOR HOME OR ON-THE-GO
It’s been a challenging time for self care. Between my pregnancy and now the lockdowns/closures and not wanting unnecessary exposure, coupled with the lack of help, I haven’t been to a “real” sauna in over a year (something I would do often!). BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t still get all the benefits. This has been one of my favorite Covid purchases! My Higher Dose sauna blanket brings an infrared sauna to my bedroom. Hard to beat that for convenience. Take THAT, social distancing! 🙂
What’s so great about doing an infrared sauna regularly?
Here’s just a few reasons:
- Boosts immunity
- Better sleep
- Decreases inflammation
- Detoxifies heavy metals & environmental toxins
- Improves cellular function
- Relieves pain
- Increases circulation
Tero, the owner and founder of Four Sigmatic is a great guy and makes amazing products! My hubby and I have been using these medicinal mushrooms well before we even met him!
They specialize in crafting products that leverage the incredible adaptogenic properties of mushrooms, grown to the highest quality standards, in ways that are totally delicious without spoiling the benefits with added sugar or fillers.
Our favorites? The Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi, Chaga Elixir, Reishi Elixir and Mushroom Matcha with Lions Mane! We even took it camping this past summer (see photo below)! 🙂
And just for you… use discount code APHON for 10% off!
THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS
I’ve been a fan of Young Living essential oils for nearly a decade now! I use at least 8 different essential oils or blends every day, and so do my kids! Along with a diffuser in every room, even the baby loves this stuff!
Pro Tip: If you get flowers for Mother’s Day, add a drop or 2 of Purification Essential Oil blend to the water in the vase. It will help the flowers stay fresh and vibrant much longer!
A new product just in time for Mother’s Day!
These enchanting diffuser earrings are handmade by jewelry makers in Old Delhi, India, who combine their profits to sponsor the education of girls in their community. They are made of recycled brass, rayon silk tassels, and a hand-rolled terracotta bead. Diffuse the warm, floral scent of Joy (included) on the bead or tassel for a wonderful aroma.
If you want any recommendations for oils or products, just ask! And if you just want to go ahead and order anything, you can use my member number 1294068.
These are my feet. I took a photo of my favorite shoes for you guys while my husband was taking the girls out paddle boarding (baby is in the carrier on me. I’m amazed I didn’t get a blurry photo, like I usually do!) 🙂 I wear these in the sand on the beach, going for walks, running errands, doing school drop off/pick up, you name it! They are stylish but super comfy!
Made out of recycled fibers, Rothy’s are the most eco-friendly shoe on the market. I LOVE mine (I have a rounded black pair of flats too that’s a bit more dressy) and wear them often and always get compliments on them! 🙂 I have turned many friends on to this company. Shoes you can throw in the wash (yep! and they come out looking brand new!!!), are better for the environment AND are comfy? That’s a win for me!
Use this link for $20 off!