If you’ve been following along my Instagram, you would know that I struggled hard with mom guilt about leaving Wyatt behind for our trip to Tulum, Mexico this past weekend. It was a heavy feeling as we made the decision to leave Wyatt home from Mexico because we weren’t sure how safe it would be and with all the activities planned around my brothers wedding, we thought it would be best for everyone that he stay safe at Gavin’s parents house back home. The thought of having him safe in their home, playing with his Gma and Poppy top his list of things he loves, however as parents we struggled. Hard.

It was three days before we left that Gavin and I sat down, for the first time totally unsure if we were making the right decision. After prayer and a decision to call our moms, we laughed that both Maile (Gavin’s mom) and Dana (mine) said that if bringing him felt right in our hearts then we should follow it. I swear just when I think I’m grown enough to make big decisions I realize nothing is more valuable than a mother’s advice and boy am I grateful both our moms came through with the same advice!  Mutually agreeing that leaving him and bringing Rosie was far too emotional and simply not worth it, so we last minute packed his bags and took him with us on what proved to be an unforgettable, beautiful vacation for our family.

Five hours of flights, two hours driving and a million bags, we surely had our work cut out for us, thankfully we were far from alone. The flight there might as well have been a private plane because a total of 13 family members with us, filling what felt like the entire plane up. We arrived at the beautiful Papaya Playa Hotel in Tulum to the rest of our big family. Perched up on the beach sat our little oasis of a room, two queen beds with mosquito nets to sleep in, rock floors, and big windows with cracks just big enough to let the ocean breeze come through. It was the perfect amount of rustic and luxury.

 

Love brought us to Tulum as my older brother, my favorite superhero, married his longtime girlfriend, my newest sister, Samantha. What I love about my new sister is she brings so much to our family in terms of culture and family, she is from a huge Moroccan Jewish family and boy do they know how to have a good time. We danced the night away at the Henna party, dressed in Kaftans and ended the night with a Henna ceremony. The wedding day felt like it was out of a movie, and watching my sweet brother as he broke the glass and we yelled “Mazeltov” gives me chills to think about, it was so different and familiar all at once.

 

Wyatt did wonderful, and Ro spent the entire weekend smiling at anything and everything that looked her way. As always, my family pulled through and helped Gavin and I like crazy. At one point, I was about 5 miles away getting ready for the wedding with my sisters when a crazy storm came rolling through, thunder lighting the whole bit yet my sweet Rosie needed to be fed. So my uncle Robin and cousin Grace literally took a taxi just to bring her to me for a feeding with her in a towel in the pouring rain. Thats family.

We spent the majority of the time at the bigger house where my grandparents were staying, and often spent hours just sitting and talking the day away. I was so proud of my grandparents,  all six of them 80+ years old, in Mexico, pushing through their comfort zones to support my brother. One morning I was enjoying coffee with both of my grandpa’s while they held Rosie and we chatted as I couldn’t help but feel emotional at how good I knew that moment was. I know having all my grandparents alive is a gift, and its a gift I cherish deeply.

The weekend was wonderful, surrounded by family and college friends I haven’t seen in years. It was so fun to introduce my husband and my children to them! Bringing Wyatt was the best decision we could have made, and in this instance I’m proud to say mom guilt got the best of me. I would rather have my chaos over anything else.

 

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I feel like I’m still riding the high of Easter Sunday, its certainly  competing for my favorite holiday after seeing Wyatt and all the little kids go crazy over the eggs! Last year he was a little too young but this year he was all about it, literally picking up egg after egg and had no idea there was anything even in them until we sat down!

Gavin’s family did a hunt on Saturday so we were able to have two full days of family fun, and the combination of our two families had us surrounded by TONS of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Sunday morning we woke up early and went to church with my parents an what I loved most was that 4 out of 5 siblings in my family were there, I swear my mom was floating the entire day surrounded by so many of her kids! After Church we headed to Donuts because as you may know, its our tradition and the only way we can get Wyatt to sit still for church haha! Before our family gathering, we headed over to our best family friends, the Ikeda’s house for a HUGE community gathering. Wyatt went crazy over the eggs and we enjoyed spending time with families from all the phases of our life. It’s so magical to build friendships and have babies with friends you grew up with. At 5:30 our family came over and we did our annual Easter Egg Roll, which is basically two people at the ends of either table, rolling two eggs together. Somehow only one egg cracks when two collide so the one whose egg doesn’t crack continues onto the next round. Doesn’t sound very interesting when I type it but my whole family gets SO into it, literally at one point the entire room was cheering. As usual I was out the first round, and my Uncle Craig took the trophy after a defeat over my Papa!

The day was full of love, family, and good friends, the best recipe for an amazing holiday. These crazy times of life have me more and more grateful for the community and people we are surrounded by. Good people are not hard to find where we live and I’m more than grateful for that.

 

Also, been struggling with  some serious mom guilt lately because we have actually decided to not take him to Tulum with us in April. We are going to have him stay with Gavin’s parents who are SO wonderful, and he will be so much happier but the thought of five days away from him is actually killing me, and Gavin. When did you guys first leave your little ones? Would love to hear advice from you all about combating this mom guilt I have!

 

 

 

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To be honest, I have always wanted to be that girl that has all the good skincare products and cared enough to wash my face morning and night. I  The reality is, growing up I never tended to my skin/face, and with 4 siblings I was lucky to find and use my own toothbrush each night so a face routine was definelty not happen. In fact, the only facial cleanser I ever really used was a makeup remover towelette which is most definelty not a facial cleanser so that gives you an idea of where I started.

Thinking back its probably because I grew up with a mom who never wore makeup and washed her face with a Dove Soap bar.

It wasn’t until I met one of my favorite humans, Monica that I started to even look at my face closely and realize I need to pay a little attention to the skin I’ll be with till the day I die. Going to her the past 8 years has taught me a TON about taking care of myself, investing in my skin and most importantly living a life that HELPS keep my skin because I don’t know about you but…

I’m trying to look good WITHOUT makeup.

There is nothing cooler to me than seeing someone with no makeup on, I personally try to go makeup free as much as possible! A few weeks ago, Monica spent the time and hooked me up with a Porcelain Peel and a Nano Fill which is basically a natural alternative to botox. It stimulates the collagen and makes you feel all kinds of pretty. Today, we are sharing with you Five things your Estetitian wants to tell you from the one and only face goddess, Monica Maree Esthetics!

1. STOP ignoring your skin.

When you are 60 (50, even 40 and as soon as 30’s) you will wish you hadn’t ignored it all of those years. Your skin tells a story, so don’t concern yourself so much with avoiding the laugh lines. ( I personally find those to be lovely)  Just really be aware of the sun and the damage it causes. It isn’t necessarily going to show next month or even next year. But trust me when I tell you… it comes back to bite you in your 40’s.

2. DON’T get stuck in the belief that skincare is frivolous.

It is self-care and YOU ARE WORTH IT. I always work in ways to make my services affordable. I know as a woman/mother it is hard to justify spending the time and money on myself. I have learned that when I am caring for myself, I not only am setting a good example for my kids but I also am happier to be available to my family and friends.

3. NEVER GIVE UP ON  purchasing good quality skincare.

It can get pricey, I know, but you get what you pay for. Some store bought products can be ok but you actually spend more because you have to use more. Professional quality products are concentrated. You end up using less, therefore it lasts longer. When you look at it like that, its best to use something that is going to actually work to achieve the results you want and use less of it. It really ends up being the same cost so go for the Good Stuff.

4. ALWAYS Use Sunscreen.

We get tired of hearing it, I know. Just find the one that works for you (there are so many great sunscreen tinted moisturizers out there- take your pick)
and use it EVERYDAY. Even if it is raining. And ESPECIALLY if it is Foggy.

5. IF YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME, AT LEAST do your best to eat clean, drink water, moisturize at night and wear your sunscreen.

Put it in your bag, your car console and even in the pantry. While your grabbing your morning coffee, grab that sunscreen and slap it on before makeup.

Porcelin peel and Nano Fill were the two treatments Monica did on me! Here are a few Question/Answers for those who are interested! And videos of the amazing treatments below!
1. How much are they? Porcelain Peel is $175/  3 Nano Fill is $190 / series of 3 and combo of Porcelain and Nano $225
2. How often do you need to do them? 1/month, for targeted results.
3. What age should you start doing facials? Anytime, its never too early to learn how to care for your skin. Early to mid 30’s is when your skin changes; collagen production slows, pigmentation rises, hormones change, stress and lifestyle begin to show on your skin.
4. what are the pricing for those treatments? $85- $110 is the average cost. All of my facials are customized to my clients current needs. Consultations are always complimentary.

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