Drybar Mudslide Hair Mask | Formulate Conditioner c/o |Formulate Shampoo c/o | Drybar Prep Rally Detangler | Drybar Velvet Hammer Hydration Cream
Happy Friday, friends! I hope you've all had a lovely week. I'm really looking forward to this weekend because we don't have too much on our calendar for once. Tonight we're headed to a cookie party at a friend's house and then the rest of the weekend we'll just be relaxing and finishing up our Christmas shopping! I'm hoping to get all of it done (stocking stuffers included) all by tomorrow. Wish me luck, ha!
Today is a very special post because I am partnering with Formulate to show you how I've truly revitalized my hair during this postpartum phase of my life. About 3 months postpartum I started losing a lot of hair. Other mamas weren't kidding when they would say it comes out in clumps. I was one of those unfortunate mamas that this did happen to. I grew a lot of extra hair while I was pregnant and it was so thick and beautiful up until this point. Then I started losing all the extra hair and then some! There were times I wondered how I had any hair left? Once the hair loss finally stopped about 5 months postpartum, my hair just got really dry and brittle. The places where a lot of hair fell out started growing back and I had some awesome baby hairs growing in. I looked ridiculous. But then I found Formulate and my hair took a turn for the better.
Formulate is a hair movement company that creates shampoo and conditioner specifically for your hair. When you sign up, you receive a questionnaire via e-mail asking all kinds of questions about your hair and lifestyle. So, they will ask you where you live, if you have short or long hair, if you dye your hair, if you use hot tools, etc. Then they will formulate the perfect shampoo and condition for you based on your answers! All their products are sulfate and parabens free, so they are very safe to use during all walks of life (pregnancy and breastfeeding included). Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner is the absolute best route to go because it will not damage your hair yet it still cleans it well. I've noticed such a difference in my hair thanks to my personalized shampoo and conditioner and it's all because it's perfectly formulated for my hair! My hair is thick and healthy again and all my horrible frizzies have gone away. I have naturally curly hair, so this is something I've always struggled with. Formulate takes this in to consideration and added components to my formulate to help with frizziness.
On top of my Formulate shampoo and conditioner, I am still using some of my favorite Drybar products plus I discovered a new one, the Mudslide hair mask! Here is my little hair wash/care routine that I do every few days that truly helped bring my hair back to life postpartum.
Step 1: Shampoo
I wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner every 2 to 3 days. Usually I wash it on days that I work out, so Sunday morning, Monday night, and Thursday night. I take one pump of my Formulate shampoo and rub it into my scalp. It doesn't really foam because it's sulfate free, but it gets my hair and scalp nice and clean. After a good scrub in to my scalp, I wash it out.
Step 2: Hair Mask
Next, I ring out the excess water from my hair the best that I can, and I apply a generous amount of the Drybar Mudslide hair mask to my hair. I apply it all over, scalp and ends. I usually only do this on Sundays and Thursdays. I usually let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes while I shave my legs. After that I wash it out, and my hair is already feeling so much smoother.
Step 3: Conditioner
So, I only condition my hair when I use shampoo, too. On days that I don't wash my hair, I usually just pin it up and keep it dry so that it doesn't get too dried out from washing it too much. I again ring out the extra water from my hair then use my conditioner. When applying my conditioner though, I take one pump of my Formulate condition and apply it just to the bottom half of my hair. Then I rub any excess on top by my roots. If I put too much up on my roots/scalp then I won't have any volume in my hair. I let this sit for about a minute.
Step 4: Detangler
After I get out of the shower, I use the Drybar Prep Rally detangler before I brush out my hair. I spray a healthy amount all over my hair and then brush it out with my Lemon Drop detangler brush. This detangler and brush really helps my ends not to break so much or yank out too much hair. After I brush out my hair, I throw it up in a towel.
Step 5: Hydration Cream
After I get in to my PJs, I let my hair out of the towel and brush it out one more time. Then I apply Drybar's Velvet Hammer hydration cream. I take a quarter size amount in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and run it through the bottom half of my hair while it's wet. I don't put any on my roots because just like conditioner, it will weigh it down too much, and I won't have any volume in my hair when I go to style it the next day.
That's it! That's my whole hair care routine. I almost always just let my hair hair dry to keep it hydrated and healthy. The combination of all these products have really gotten my hair back to where I love it but the real stars of the show are definitely my Formulate shampoo and conditioner. Once I started using them my hair went from just okay to amazing! The best part about Formulate though is they will work with you endlessly to get your formula just right. If you aren't satisfied with your current formula, you can contact them and their head chemist will work with you to get your formula just right. Is that amazing customer service or what!?
And now the fun part! I have teamed up with Formulate to giveaway a set of personalized shampoo and conditioner to one lucky winner! All you have to do is enter the giveaway here!
Giveaway is open to US residents only. All giveaway entries will receive a $5 discount and free shipping code just for entering the giveaway! Give is open from today 12/14/18 until 12/30/18. Winner will be selected and contacted by Formulate.
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Thank you to Formulate for sponsoring this post and giveaway. As always, all opinions are truly my own, honest opinions. Thank you to the companies who help support the Tiny Dapper Fox community!
Our postpartum bodies are so different. It amazes me the differences I see and feel. At first, I didn't like it. I knew what I was getting in to but at the same time to see my body so different was hard. My belly was and is still so soft. I actually had slight diastasis recti after giving birth, too. I didn't even know where to start to getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I had gained about 30 lbs during my pregnancy but also was not happy where I was weight-wise before I got pregnant.
I was cleared to work out after my 6 week postpartum appointment but didn't even know where to start. I felt so loose, weak, and my tailbone was still pretty bruised. I also didn't want to make my diastasic recti worse. Plus, what mama has time to workout!? I was excited at the prospect of "getting my body back" but was also overwhelmed. I decided to make a small plan for myself though that started me out really slow and see how it went.
I slowly got back in to being physical and made it a point to make time for myself to workout. There was plenty of ups and downs at the beginning and I would go through periods where I wouldn't work out for weeks. But after my bout of PPD, I knew I needed to change something. I knew I needed to get healthy not just for Kai, but for myself. I lost a significant amount of weight when I was struggling with PPD and it was not healthy at all. After getting the help I needed, I tried to look at the silver lining of it all that I had lost a good amount of weight and the number was almost where I wanted it to be. I would never encourage anyone to lose weight by not eating and letting anxiety run their life though. It made EVERYTHING worse. So please mamas, if this is something you are struggling with please seek the help that you need. No shame. I'm here. Your doctor is here. Whoever, you need, please turn to them.
From there though I realized I needed to appreciate myself so much more. I stopped working out to lose weight and instead started working out because my beautiful body deserves to move and be loved. By changing this mind set and doing workouts that I truly enjoy, it changed everything. I love working out now. I'm disappointed when I miss a workout. I crave it now. I'm so proud of myself when I look in the mirror and see how far I've come. To me it's a moot point but I know numbers are easier to grasp for some so here it is...I've lost all 30 lbs of my baby weight plus another 10 lbs to get myself back to where I've been wanting to be for a long time. All my clothes fit again...even things that didn't fit prior to my pregnancy. But mostly, I feel good and to me that's what's most important about beginning my fitness journey.
So I wanted to share with you all how I got back in to a good fitness regimen after having Kai all the way through up to where I am at now.
*Week 1 meaning from the time I started working out again, not postpartum weeks. I wanted to state this in weeks of the journey, not postpartum because we are all ready to begin working out again at different times in our postpartum journey.
I go to yoga on Sundays and Thursdays and go running on Mondays. Monday and Thursdays are my work from home days, so going to workout is the perfect way for me to get out of the house for those days. I am currently still on the 1 mile run and 2 moderate level yoga classes phase of this journey. I was actually up to running 2 miles once a week, but after my dad passed away, I just wasn't getting my workouts in. As much as I want to believe I can run further than that, it's important that I don't rush that part of exercising. When you give birth, your pelvic floor becomes very very weak and your hips/back are very out of whack. If I miss too many runs, I back to track to 1 mile again. My philosophy is 3 weeks at a time. After 3 weeks of being consistent with a workout, I feel that I can bump it up to the next level. This has been a nice steady incline of workouts for myself to where I'm not overdoing it but at the same time not staying stagnant for too long. I was very active when I was younger and can tend to push myself too hard sometimes so it has been very hard not to do that now. It's so important though to give yourself grace and time to get back to where you want to be from a physical standpoint though...you did give birth to a human after all! Our bodies need a lot of time to heal. Exercising can actually help with this but overdoing it with exercise can make things much worse. It's about finding that balance and I believe the schedule up above was perfect for me in finding that balance. Like I've said, I feel better than ever these days! I feel good from the inside out and feel like I look it too whenever I look at myself in the mirror. So I encourage all of you to find that schedule that works for you, too. Know that it does take some sacrifice, but it's worth it. It makes me sad to give up my Sunday mornings snuggling Kai and reading to him before his morning nap to go to yoga, but at the same time I need that time for me. It makes me sad to not have dinner with Kai and Caleb after work on Thursday nights, especially because I have to go in to the office on Fridays, but I know I need that break to go to yoga for my own sanity. I do have mom guilt for even taking 3 hours a week for myself to do these workouts, but it's only 3 hours. Kai will be ok and I'm better for it. So mamas, pick out some time for yourself, do what you enjoy, and start slow! If you have any questions or need any advice or motivation I am always here for you!
The only thing I want you all to know and remember is, please do not workout prior to your doctor or midwife clearing you for it after giving birth. It is very important to rest those first 6 to 8 weeks or longer if recommended by your doctor or if you just simply need it yourself.
Sweater - JCrew Factory (old, similar) | Jeans - Gap | Hat - Target (old, similar) | Puffer Vest - JCrew Factory | Hunter Boots - Nordstrom (old, similar) | Ring Sling - Wildbird | Sunglasses - Amazon
Last year while I was pregnant we went apple picking for the first time and absolutely fell in love with the activity. We promised ourselves we would go back this year with Kai and make it an annual fall tradition. A couple of months ago we made good on that promise and took Kai out in to the apple orchard at Apple Holler and had the most wonderful afternoon walking around and picking all the different kinds of apples. The apples we picked off the tree were Kai's first apples he ever had, too! We did the same thing back in July with peaches. We've always been big on the freshest ingredients for our food and it doesn't get much fresher than right off the tree!
Sweater weather is honestly my favorite time of the year. I love the feeling of being cozy and warm but while the air is crisp. Don't get me wrong, I love summer, but I love fall even more. I've always been in love with white/cream colored sweaters...I have way too many but I personally think they go so perfectly with everything. I like the way this white sweater breaks up the navy between my vest and my jeans. I also love my Hunter boots so much! They are perfect for this time of year when we get random snow falls and the ground gets messy. They are also surprisingly warm, and I can't recommend them enough.
Half of Kai's wardrobe is from Gap, ha! I just love their baby boy cloths for their simplicity. They tend to always be having a sale, too, so it makes buying nice cloths for Kai way more affordable. Their Black Friday sale at the end of this week is going to be excellent! They are doing 50% off plus another 10% off your whole purchase and the sale is also available online. I know I'll be snagging a lot more cute sweaters for Kai for some Christmas presents. Speaking of sales...Freshly Picked is having their semi-annual sale right now, too! They are having up to 50% all over their site, which is a big deal. Their shoes are on the expensive side and they rarely have things on sale. Plus if you are a Fringe member you can apply your 20% member discount to the sale prices! These are my favorite baby shoe brand for Kai because they actually stay on his little feet. He's going to start walking soon, so I'm going to be stocking up during this sale big time!
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Hey there beautiful friends! I'm SO happy you're here today because today is a very special day for us...this little blog is ONE! I started this blog last November and it has truly brought so much joy and creativity in to my life and I have all of you to thank for that!
I've grown so much in the last year, it kind of blows my mind. To think when I started this blog I was still a mama to be is actually kind of unbelievable to me because I can't imagine my life without Kai and being a mom. I don't mind being defined as a mom at all. It is truly my calling and I honestly love who I've become in the last year. That's the first time in my life that I've been able to say that, I think. To be proud of who you are is so freeing. I start each day so full of happiness and am constantly motived to be the best version of myself possible.
Writing this blog, taking photos, connecting with all of you through social media, my Tiny Talks, and the Tiny Tribe brings me so much positive energy. I look forward to each and every blog post that I publish and literally get giddy when I hit the POST button. I've had the amazing opportunity to work with some incredible brands, too and thank all of them so much for recognizing the love and hard work that goes in to this blog. I joke that I have 3 jobs. My day job, being a mom, and being a blogger and I love all 3 of them so much. I wouldn't trade any of this for the world! I've put my hand at this blogging/website thing in the past (Yellow Mondays + This Boundless Journey, anyone? ha!) and I always get tired of what I'm doing long before this point. Tiny Dapper Fox though has not reached that point for me, and I am so grateful to have finally found my creative space that brings so much light in to my life.
Even though I've felt more joy in this last year then I ever have in my life, it hasn't come without challenges. I've certainly had my struggles, the two biggest ones being my postpartum anxiety and the loss of my dad. Life is not simply just happy or sad, it's so complex and learning how to deal with the ups and downs is just a part of it. When my dad got sick I was just getting over my crippling postpartum anxiety. For the last 5 months or so I've felt like I've been in a spinning vortex. I've been trying to climb my way out of it but life was spinning very very fast at some points that I just couldn't. This little blog and my family kept me from being lost though. Without you all, I feel like I would be numb and in the unknown. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being here. Whether you've been here the last year or even if you've just joined me, thank you so much for being a part of Tiny Dapper Fox.
Hey there, friends! I hope you all are having the best week. This past weekend we went out to Ohio to visit our family and go to a bridal shower! We took advantage of the amazing fall weather that Toledo was having and went to the farmer's market downtown and grabbed some coffee + crepes for breakfast before the shower. We walked around the market and Kai napped in one of our Wildbird slings and it was all just so cozy! It was the perfect fall day.
Sweater - Banana Republic | Jeans - Madewell | Loafers -Nordstrom Rack | Sunglasses - Amazon
Kai's Outfit Details:
Avocado Onesie - Lavender Sun c/o | Cardigan - H&M | Jeans - Carters | Oxfords - Freshly Picked (old, similar)
I feel like I've really got the mom look down lately and I'm not mad about it at all. Give me a cozy sweater and comfy pair of jeans any day. I recently found this gorgeous cream sweater at Banana Republic and just had to have it. Thankfully their Friends & Family event is going on right now so you can snag it too for 50% off when you use your Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy card. These jeans have also quickly become my absolute favorite pair. I traded in a couple of old ripped pairs of jeans at Madewell a few weeks ago and was able to get $20 off them! I really love Madewell's trade in program as it is such a good way to recycle old jeans that can no longer be worn or donated. These new jeans that I got though are called the Roadtripper jeans and they are about the comfiest pair of pants that I've ever owned. And then these black loafers that I have...oh my goodness they are heaven on my feet. I basically wear them every day! They are so comfortable and go with everything.
I try to dress Kai as comfy and cozy as possible, too. With the weather getting cooler I of course try to keep him warm but I also don't want to overheat him. That's one thing we have to be careful about mamas...we can't overdress our babes and make them sweat and get uncomfortable. I've found that when it's in the 50s, Kai is perfect with pants and a sweater. So I always bring a cardigan or zip up with us plus a blanket to keep over him in his stroller. I'm super obsessed with this avocuddle onesie, too, that I go for him from Lavender Sun! Avocados are one of our favorite foods so it just fits us so perfectly. I tend to be a little picky when it comes to picking out onesies and clothing with sayings on them, but Lavender Sun has so many cute options! I find all of them hilarious and literally want every single one of them. Plus their material is so nice and soft, so whenever I dress Kai in their clothes, I know that he's comfortable.
I hope you all have a cozy rest of the week! Make sure you're following along on Instagram as I'll be hosting a Tiny Talk tonight at 7 PM CST!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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