My postpartum weight loss plan!

We all know that women gain extra weight during pregnancy, all for good reason, but nonetheless annoying!

I have been researching a plan for my postpartum weight loss since I found out I was pregnant. Breast feeding plays a serious role in the weight loss plan considering you can burn up to 500 calories day..but what if you can’t breast feed? Or how long can you breast feed? I just felt like I needed a more solid plan of action. I want to be in pre baby shape and better within 6 months or less after baby. With that being said, health and nutrition are of the utmost importance to me!

I do plan on breast feeding and because of this, I’m going to need to maintain a healthy, safe diet plan since my baby will be relying on my nutrients for survival. Officially going in to mommy mode, I found a few things that I’m planning on doing to safely reclaim my pre baby body!

FIRST OFF…DIET

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After much research, I came across the “Freshmommy” diet by “Freshology. Find out more about this diet on their site http://www.freshology.com/healthy-diet-food-delivery-programs/fresh-mommy/

Just a few quick reasons why I found this to be the best option for me.

1. It’s SUPER convenient
– delivered to your door, fresh, twice a week
– means I will be able to take the “what the hell am I going to eat,” question out of my daily routine.

2. Planned specifically for nursing mommas
– during the nursing period, a mother has to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet plan for the best health of your infant.
– takes the guesswork out of eating your meals. I always know I’m getting every ounce of nutrition that I need for me and my baby.

3. Portion control
– keeps me from over eating which we all know in return leads to weight gain.

4. Prepared by top chefs
– most prepared meal plans are gross and makes you quit before any results can be seen.
– these meals are said by many to be delicious and nutritious at the same time.

5. Celebrity endorsed
– definitely not the main reason for choosing this diet plan, but lets all be honest, if celebrities love it, it’s probably pretty good.

6. All natural proteins, no added hormones or preservatives
– all of which are terrible for your body and especially for your newborn!
– clean natural foods are the way to go!

BODY

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The Belly bandit!
http://www.bellybandit.com/store/p-1-original-belly-bandit.aspx

I plan on wearing this puppy day and night for the first 3 months. In many other cultures, wearing a corset after birth is a common thing. It helps to more quickly reshape your hips, push your organs back in to their original position and shrink your uterus back in to your pre pregnancy shape.

This has been worn and positively reviewed by so many women! uncomfortable Im sure, but 9 months of pregnancy sure isnt comfortable, whats another 3 months! Figured I’d give it a good try!

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PRE BABY BODY MOTIVATIONAL PICTURE!ย 

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Along with these extra tricks, when given the green light by my doctor, I plan on working out in the gym 4 times a week. Keep posted on my blog for my upcoming workout routines!

Well there ya go!ย I know that my plan isn’t necessarily for everyone, but I felt I wanted to share, and ย I hope some can use this information during their healthy and safe postpartum weight loss journey.

Much love,

Elaine Alden

My 5 minute daily makeup routine & products!

My everyday makeup routine!

I’ve been asked a lot on what products I use for makeup. I decided to post my day time, in a hurry makeup routine! I try and achieve the natural, glowing/sunkissed look! Below are my absolute favorite day time makeup products…

1. Tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier in the “oil control” formula for summer- I like to glow, but not to shine!
~ Bisque (when I’m
Pale)
~ Sand (when I’m
Tan)
Applied with hands

*I also like Keihls, but they are re- formulating.

2. Concealer stick by Bobbi Brown
~ Natural tan..it has a little
yellow in it which is what you want
when canceling out any redness!
Applied with Mac concealer brush

3. Blush by NARS
~ Orgasm..I’m sure you’ve heard of
It! Best blush color ever!
Applied with Trish Mcevoy brush (great brushes)

4. Bronzer by Too Faced
Applied with Mac powder brush on cheekbones, under neck, contoured nose and chin

5. Setter by Mac
~Studio Fix in medium
Applied with the skinny Mac brush under eyes, down the middle of nose, above lips, highlighter line.

6. Mascara by YSL
* I also LOVE Trish Mcevoy waterproof mascara, found only in Neumann Marcus.

7. Eyeshadow by Mac
~ Malt Matte
Applied on the lids with Trish Mcevoy brush to make the eyes pop!

8. Lip balm by SMITHS
~strawberry flavor
*also love ESOS lip balm in sweet mint!

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A Mans Easter Basket!

Around any holiday I tend to get rather creative! I love giving gifts and decorating accordingly. Easter is a favorite of mine, not just because of chocolate and pretty pastels, but because of the meaning! After all, JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS people!!! Haha!! This Easter I’m blessed to be able to have my Dad in town to celebrate this wonderful weekend! unfortunately my delectable and incredible future hubs will be traveling for basketball.๐Ÿ˜ฆ However, that didnt stop me from making him an epic Easter basket so he could enjoy it when he gets home! Without further adieu…here are some of the goodies!!

First off, DOLLAR STORE SCORE! So many cute little baskets and accessories!

DAD Basket

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HUBS basket

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Both stuffed with little goodies that I know both absolutely love! From magazines and types of chocolate that peak their individual interests, to foam crowns and candy stuffed golf clubs!

Hope everyone can get a little inspired to make a quick and meaningful Easter basket for their loved ones! Enjoy your Easters lovebirds!!!

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Baby Shower inspirations!

My little man is due on August 5, 2013! So naturally, I have been on a serious mission to create my dream baby shower! I’ve picked the most amazing planner in NYC, an we are both extremely excited for what is to come. Baby shower date is June 8th!! Here are a few of my inspirations, obviously I will post all my ACTUAL baby shower pictures with some fun surprises later on!

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Finally updating my blog!!

Hi everyone! After much procrastination, I have FINALLY got my blog up and running. Yay! I hope you enjoy and follow all my updates on my pregnancy, day to day activies, workouts, recipes, alllll my beauty tricks, products that I love (there are so many,) my personal outfits as well as outfit inspirations and newest must-haves!!!

Thanks for visiting
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