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I'm a boy mom and avid coffee drinker.
I love to cook, read + write.

A Mom's Night In






Having a child worried me. I was afraid to lose my self-pampering sessions at night. Before I got pregnant my nighttime unwind routine was essential. I hardly ever strayed. All I wanted to do was come home, cook a healthy dinner, take off my bra, and enjoy a nice hot bubble bath with a glass of wine, a book, and a good face mask.
 
I continued my bath routine throughout the entire pregnancy. After I had her, when they told me I wasn't allowed in a bath for 6 weeks, I wanted to scream. So instead for those 6 weeks, I researched the best products to create the most luxurious nighttime routine on a budget while raising a newborn. I finally found the key! My key products are affordable and make me feel like a princess. Mommas' deserve some pampering too. After all, we aren't just endless feeding machines.
 
1. My favorite cleansing oil: Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Oil: 15.99 at Target and often on sale using cartwheel and manufacturers coupons!
  
 Using a cleansing oil has kept my face moisturized and pimple free. I love that the cleansing oil goes on my skin with all the makeup, no prior washing needed! For me removing a simple step such as wetting my face before a cleanser gives me a few extra moments soaking in a hot bath.

2. My favorite mask: L'Oreal Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask: 7.99 at Target and often on sale with coupons! 
  
This mask is perfect. You place the cold clay on your face and wait about 15 minutes for it to dry. When the mask dries completely, it makes it hard to talk which is highly entertaining for me. I often place this mask on right before I jump into my luxurious bath.

3. Bath bombs: Lush

For anyone who knows me, a bath is not complete without a Lush bath bomb. I never use the entire one, though. Instead, I break them up into pieces and by doing this one bomb can last up to 5 baths! I love all their bath bombs and usually just choose them based on their smell!

My one recommendation to ensuring that your mom night in is enjoyable is to make sure that your little one is taken care of our occupied for 20-30 minutes. My significant other knows that I need this time to myself, so he will often read to little Harley while I enjoy my peace. 

Momma's always remember you are beautiful and loved. And to be the best version of yourself, sometimes we have to take a little time to enjoy ourselves without the little one present.



Who Is Stephanie?

Hello, my name is Stephanie. I am a 23-year-old new mommy and a full-time nursing student! Harley was born on November 30th, 2016 and, boy,has she taught us a lot about life. We have struggled with colic and are hopefully outgrowing it soon! Being a mother has been more than I could ever ask for. I am so excited to watch her grow and thrive. Being a mom has taught me to enjoy each little moment and to simplify my life and slow down. This blog has been a way for me to document my trials of conquering motherhood, nursing school, and being a good significant other!
 

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