The day that I became a mother was incredibly painful and exhilarating and exhausting and beautiful. It was an overwhelming experience that I hope I never forget. The moment I held baby Cohen in my arms I was completely speechless at the remarkable feelings that came over me. Feelings I didn’t know could be felt enveloped me. I stared down at the babe in my arms and couldn’t believe he was finally here. Cohen-newborn-pics-6 I remember looking at him as he was being taken care of after birth and feeling an exhilaration that the long nine months of waiting were finally over. As I caught glimpses of him, a small wave of panic washed over me and I couldn’t help but wonder what came next. What would this little guy be like? Would I be a good mother to him? Would I be able to raise and nurture him the way he needed? Cohen-newborn-pics-2 When we were left alone, I held Cohen in my arms, gazing down into his sweet little face. Suddenly a feeling came over me, so powerful that I began to cry. I cried and cried, so overwhelmed by a feeling of love and joy so intense that I knew in that moment I would do anything for this little babe. I loved him so deeply; he was a part of me that I would cherish forever. That moment is one I hope to never forget. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much love in my entire life; I was so sure my heart would burst. baby-birth-story At times it still seems surreal that this little person who looks at me, quietly watching me every day, in that curious way that only he can, is mine forever. Getting to be Cohen’s mom is the brightest light in my life.  This life with him is sweet and full. I am so grateful every day that I was given the gift of raising such a happy little spirit. mothers-day-with-cohen Motherhood is one of the greatest privileges of my life and I am so lucky to share that with so many beautiful women. This year will be my very first Mother’s Day and I am so happy that I’ll be able to experience it with the two most important people in my life. AJ and Cohen are the two most important people in my life. I’m so grateful that I was the lucky one chosen to bring this beautiful baby boy, in all of his sweet and happy innocence, to earth, and be able to raise him with such a strong, kind man as his father. mothers-day-post-snow.2 mothers-day-post-missy-sue Happy Mother’s Day to mothers and future mothers everywhere, especially to my own beautiful mom who has been a wonderful example of love and strength to me in my own life. Also, a Happy Mother’s Day to my mother-in-law who raised the kindest, gentlest man, who will be a shining example to this little boy I hold so dearly to my heart; you have given me the greatest gift of all, my own little family. cohen-and-ajmothers-day-post-cohen

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Today I am happy to announce I am collaborating with Lilla Rose on another awesome giveaway! Rebekah Behrens, an independent consultant is our sponsor and will be gifting one lucky winner with a Lilla Rose headband!

These gorgeous hairbands are easy to use and add a fun kick to any hairstyle. The flexible band at the back allows for easy adjusting whether you’re wearing it atop the head or all the way around. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and the adjustable band matches nearly any hair color. Overall, I found them easy to use and loved combining two together for an added bit of variety. With the comfortable adjustable strap, it is very easy to add a bit of glam to your style with these pretty bands.

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Now for the Lilla Rose Headband giveaway! Visit Lilla Rose, and comment below which style hairband you’d love to win!

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All NEW US customers receive a FREE flexi when they spend $40 or more! *Place an order of $40 or more (excluding tax and shipping) through Rebekah’s website, then message her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires May 1, 2015. This is for both new and returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she’ll appreciate it! Thank you!


Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum is a facial treatment for lines and wrinkles. It contains those glorious antioxidants while also firming skin at the same time. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Review Ever since having baby Cohen, my skin has been in need of a major makeover. Before getting pregnant, I had very dry skin but then it became more oily during my pregnancy. Now with getting less sleep and my hormones all mixed up I have needed a change up in my everyday skincare. This anti-aging serum is exactly what I have been looking for. I have read that getting less than 8 hours of sleep can cause your skin to look more tired resulting in looking older. A powerful serum that I can apply everyday is definitely beneficial to this new mama. Elizabeth Arden Prevage ReviewElizabeth Arden Prevage ReviewElizabeth Arden Prevage Review This creamy orange lotion is very pleasant to apply and has a mild flowery scent that fades quickly. The texture is creamy smooth and dries very quickly. I absolutely love this because it works perfectly under my everyday sunscreen. When rubbed into the skin, the product becomes invisible. The skin is left with a soft sheen and immediately looks more moisturized. The effect seems to last all day, and is cumulative. Within two days I noticed that my skin looked more luminous and moisturized with smaller pores too. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Review
 

PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin texture. It is formulated with Idebenone, a powerful antioxidant that fights environmental threats including pollution, UV rays, and smoke. It has been proven to help target the signs of skin damage caused by environmental assaults. It is a wonderful alternative that gives skin a smoother, firmer, more resilient look. PREVAGE® has been a wonderful addition to my skin care routine. It has given me the most noticeable results and I now apply PREVAGE® first thing in the morning. Once it sinks in, I layer my sunscreen over the top then apply the rest of my makeup. My skin looks much better than it has in the past month, clearer, brighter, softer and more moisturized. Consider this a new favorite!

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum is available at ElizabethArden.comMacy’s and Nordstrom.

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ecco-shoes-bag-2 ecco-bag-tc-half-updo wrapped-half-updo-curlsecco-shoes-bag-3ecco-tote-denimAs soon as the weather warms up, I love getting a cute pedicure and slipping into some sandals. Sandals are one of the easiest styles of footwear this time of year. Whether you are wearing that perfect Spring dress or a pop of colored denim, there’s a super cute sandal to complete your outfit.

Sandals are a major staple in my wardrobe. When the weather is warm, there’s nothing better than a pair of lightweight sandals, like these ECCO Touch 25 Sandals, because they are effortless and comfortable. These sweet strappy sandals have a bit of ‘edge’ but still maintain that girl-next-door look that I love. My favorite part is that the leather covered footbed provides excellent cushioning so I have all-day support which makes them a definite favorite this season. They make looking chic and staying comfortable an effortless feat. Now that I am a new mom, carrying around all of Cohen’s gear is an absolute must every time I leave the house. Having a bag that fits everything while still looking trendy and fashionable is definitely a must in my book. This ECCO Finley Versatile Tote is perfect with its durable canvas material yet is still trendy with the leather and brass detailing. It also has a convenient pocket inside so I can keep my essentials separated from the rest of Cohen’s things making them easy to find when I need them.

One aspect of this bag that I also love is that it has optional straps on one side so I can toss it over my shoulders when I need to use both hands. Regardless of where I am going or what I am doing it always seems like I am carrying a thousand and one things. Being able to throw this bag onto my bag, freeing up both hands for either holding Cohen, feeding him, or carrying his carseat to and from the car is a convenience that is definitely appreciated by this new mama.

Now that Spring is here I am curious to know what’s your favorite spring shoe trend? Tell me below in the comments for a chance to win an ECCO shoe card worth up to $250!

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