After two pregnancies, I realize how important it is to check the ingredients in my personal products. And it’s clear, I’m not the only one! Clean beauty, skincare and even fragrance brands are making such an impact in their respective markets. I’ve talked a bit about sustainable products in the past, but today, I’m highlighting, Dossier, a clean perfume brand that should be on your radar for your next fragrance purchase.
I mean, I’m talking clean versions of designer perfumes for only $29. Like this acqua di gioia dupe!
It may be the glamorous holiday dresses I’m eyeing or all the Selling Sunset episodes I’ve been watching lately, but I’ve started mentally assembling my very own designer handbag wish list for Christmas. Scrolling through sparkly shoes and luxe handbags has become a serious weakness. Not to mention – there are so many tempting new pieces that I don’t have in my closet yet.
So where do I start? When I think about making a new designer purchase, I think about it in terms of investment. Which designers and pieces will hold their value – or even go up in value. It’s crazy to think how some of my handbags have actually increased invalue over the last two years. For this reason, I generally tend to purchase designer bags as they prove to be smart investments in terms of resale.
I think the most surprising – and most difficult – part of becoming a new mother for me was the 4th trimester – aka postpartum. I know people’s experience with postpartum recovery rwill greatly vary, mine was more like a strange out of body experience after I had Bennett. I didn’t know what day it was, who I was or what I was supposed to be doing most of the time. (Besides taking care of a baby, of course.) Sleep deprivation on top of a bit of pregnancy brain and no longer being able to recognize my face or my body in the mirror. I was in a complete and total state of no longer feeling like myself.
I actually *hated* the feeling and only realized later that I was dealing with postpartum anxiety. After a few months of motherhood under my belt, my child sleeping through the night, and being able to get back to work, I finally started feeling “normal” again.
Since this was my second go-round with Finn, I was determined to be better prepared for this postpartum recovery stage and hopefully try to avoid the same distressing feeling as the first time. Now two months in, I can honestly say, I feel more like myself, and my recovery has been much faster. (Still waiting for Finn to nail sleeping through the night though…)
To all the mamas out there who are able to breeze through and embrace the postpartum stage, I have mad respect for you. I am just NOT one of those people.
Again, everyone is different and every pregnancy/labor is different, but these are a few of the things that are helping me feel like me again after two months in. Yes, some of them are a little “extra” I’m not going to lie. And I’m definitely not suggesting these things will work for everyone. But I’m hoping that maybe even one thing might be helpful or provide a little escape from postpartum anxiousness! And it goes without saying, always check with your doctor FIRST.
As part of my recent partnership with Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge, I’ve not only learned so many impressive aspects of their brand new car offerings (see initial blog post on the 2021 GLE here), I’ve also gotten to sit down and learn about their next best thing – the Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle options. I remember when we were car shopping a few years ago, I had a lot of questions in regards to buying new vs. buying a CPO vehicle, so I thought this might be a helpful topic to break down directly from the source. If you are considering going with a CPO vehicle, here are some of the most frequently asked questions that I had answered directly by MBBR.
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Where do CPO vehicles come from at MBBR?
The majority of our CPO inventory are lease returns. These lease returns are normally one owner vehicles and are more than likely lightly used.
What are the main benefits of buying a CPO vehicle from Mercedes-Benz?
The main benefit is an unlimited mileage warranty! Also, you know the vehicle was certified through an authorized dealer with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. Restoring operating efficiency/safety features to optimal levels means restoring as close to new as possible.
What is the average price reduction/mileage limits one can expect?
A vehicle over 75,000 miles cannot be certified, so every CPO vehicle will have less than 75K. The average price reduction varies so much but the unlimited mileage warranty is a great value for industry standards.
*Mileage limits will vary per automaker.
What is the difference between dealer-certified and manufacturer-certified?
All CPO should be manufacturer-certified by the local dealer.
* CPOs are backed by the manufacturers. Dealer-certified vehicles are subject to the whim of said dealers. Dealer-certified warranties lack the uniform guidelines of CPOs which come straight from the automakers.
Can you request the CPO vehicle’s history report?
What does the Mercedes-Benz CPO warranty include?
It’s probably easier to note what it does not include. The certified pre-owned vehicle coverage is extensive. You can find more information here about the certification process:https://www.mbobr.com/why-cpo/
Can CPO vehicles be leased?
No that is very uncommon. CPO vehicles can ONLY be leased if they have not been titled. In a rare case you could lease a CPO vehicle that was a previous a “Courtesy Vehicle” at the dealership.
What are the current CPO offerings at Mercedes-Benz and MBBR?
Of course, every CPO case will be completely different depending on the automaker, so be sure to pay attention to the paperwork! Thank you to Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge for partnering on today’s post!
Have you finished up your Christmas shopping yet?! I’m excited to say that I only have TWO things left to get! After that, I’ll be done and my plans going forward consist of staying in loungewear as much as possible. (That third trimester feeling on top of it being the cold outside + holidays – it’s a serious mood y’all.) Hopefully, you guys are almost finished with your holiday purchases and can enjoy a little extra time to relax in your comfiest pieces too. Plus, it’s been a YEAR, and we all deserve a much-needed break… I’ve rounded up some pretty great comfy loungewear under $50 if you’re looking to maximize your relaxation through the rest of the year.
All of today’s picks would also make great last-minute gifting, since they’re all from Walmart. Stack a pajama set with a pair or slippers or skincare gift! Check for their two-day shipping option online or if you can use their in-store pickup option. Plus, they just introduced the new Walmart+ membership that gets you free shipping/no minimums AND free delivery from your local store.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly winter outfits, check out my Under $50 Outfits post featuring my Walmart winter fashion picks – a lot of them have been marked down since the post went live!
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Thanks to Walmart for partnering on today’s post. As always all opinions and product selects are all my own.