Health + Beauty

    French Volcanic Mineral Water… Ya, It’s THAT Good.

    Hey Gals!! Hope you all are well and that your skin is treating you fantastically! 😂 Mine, oh boy… MINE has been a little off all thanks to that little baby growing inside me. I have had the driest skin and WHY WAS I NOT FEELING THAT PREGNANCY GLOW EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT?! But I’m really excited to be partnering with Vichy Laboratories because they just launched a new product called Mineral 89 that is solving all my dry/”unglowy” skin woes!! First, I have to say that while we were in Paris I saw Vichy EVERYWHERE. And this got me so excited… we had been talking with them about their products and I had been testing them out preparing for this post. They are a company out of France and this product is made from 89% Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water from the French volcanoes. WHAT?! So kind of an awesome coincidence we were in Paris when first working with Vichy… no? 🤗

    ANYWAY. Mineral 89 is something that I had been looking for. I didn’t want a heavy cream or lotion and preferably something without fragrance… I really just wanted something that was going to hydrate and protect my skin without weighing it down. So voila! Thank you Vichy!

    Sooo a bit about the product:

    It has only 11 simple ingredients and is safe for very sensitive skin. It is formulated to packed with essential minerals for strong and healthy skin! One of the ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid which is naturally present in the skin and guarantees skin plumpness, hydration and moisture preservation. Hyaluronic Acid is safe to use during pregnancy and is something that can be used to help hydrate your skin throughout those long 9 months 😏 (and beyond).

    AAAAND a few more important things:

    • It is paraben free
    • fragrance free
    • alcohol free
    • free of silicones

    What it does:

    • Hydrates and Plumps Skin
    • Helps shield against visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue (HELLO POST-PARTUM EXHAUSTION!)
    • Tones and plumps leaving a healthy glow

    I love this product and so many others that Vichy offers… and also love their price point! Everything is pretty affordable and available at your local drug store (Walgreens, CVS etc.). You can also use my discount code MARYLAUREN for 20% off PLUS free shipping in your online checkout at! And stay tuned! I’ll be posting about more of my Vichy favorites soon!

    Thanks to Vichy for sponsoring this post!



    A Family Fave for Babe #2!

    *This post was sponsored by Cetaphil Baby

    Picking the right products for your baby can be so hard… and SO overwhelming. I remember as a new mother, I was so paranoid of chemicals, fragrant soaps, unnecessary dyes, anything that would cause an allergic reaction. AND FOR GOOD REASON! Nothing will be different this time around, I am still that careful mother googling every single cough and funny looking poop. HA! But I do have a little bit of experience under my belt, and a little more confidence.

    I was pretty excited to see that Cetaphil, the number one recommended skincare brand by dermatologists, came out with a baby line. As always, I was skeptical at first and looked into the ingredients before jumping in. But it looks great, hypoallergenic, paraben free, zero colorants or mineral oil. I was especially excited to see the Eczema Calming Wash and

    Lotion. Ezra had a bit of this after he was born, so glad to know we will have something on hand if we come upon that again.

    I also tried the Cetaphil Baby Moisturizing Oil that I LOVED. It is a blend of organic calendula, natural almond and sunflower oils. That may be my favorite of the new line!

    We have finally started prepping for this babe, thinking about a nursery, buying and testing out our fave products (it can be a lot!!!), but one of the most exciting times! 🙂 I’ve said it once and I know I will say it 1,000 more times by the time he gets here, but WE CANNOT WAIT!!!



    Beachtimin’ + Snackin’

    Location: Oceanside Pier, California

    In partnership with SunChips, I wanna share with ya one of my favorite snacks!

    Beach timing with my babes!!! It’s finally that season! You’d think it is always beach weather here in Southern California… and yes, you can catch a warm day here and there in December/January but nothing beats those summer days. I know this summer will be a little different…  I am not keeping up with the boys like I use to. HA! I think I’ll be spending a lot of my time walking the beaches/lounging/snacking while Ez and Clay surf/run/play. This big belly of mine is slowing me down just a tad. HAHA! But not for long! I’ll be back at it soon enough. 🙂

    We always bring a ton of good snacks along because once we’re at the beach, we don’t want to leave! 🙂 Chips are always a fave… I love choosing SunChips Veggie Harvest to bring along on our adventures because they’re made with whole grains, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and 30% less fat than regular potato chips! Less guilt, more taste! And have you tried the Farmhouse Ranch flavor? YUMMM!!! Seriously sooo good. Like, really, really good.

    Soak up those summer days ya’ll! Whether it be at the park, the beach, the lake, or in your own backyard… enjoy every fleeting moment!