the secret to better hair, skin, & nails

Going to have some real talk with y’all today! Becoming a Mom has definitely changed my life for the better and in so many ways, but it hasn’t always been the best for my skin or hair. After having Bear, my hair fell out for over a year. When I was pregnant with Boone, the skin on my face was flaking off, it was was so dry. I knew months ago that I wanted to take better care of myself after having a baby but didn’t really know how to help these things, until I attended an event this summer that opened my eyes to something I hadn’t ever tried: NeoCell Collagen.

Since I’m breastfeeding, I’m always weary of what I put in my body. I was excited to learn that NeoCell Collagen is completely safe while breastfeeding, and the benefits for skin, hair, and nails are amazing. I’ve been using Neocell daily for 4 months now and can’t believe the results- my hair feels fuller than ever, my skin is hydrated and clear (despite a major lack of sleep!), and my nails are stronger than they’ve been in years. Talking more about how I take NeoCell and it’s benefits below!

You may be wondering what exactly this product is, so let me explain that first.
What is NeoCell Collagen?
NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the most awarded line of collagen supplements, packed with essential nutrients to maintain strength and flexibility. Taking collagen has been clinically shown to help the body in the formation of healthy collagen leading to healthier, more flexible bones, hydrated skin, and minimized lines and wrinkles. NeoCell has a new flavor, Berry Lemon flavored Super Collagen Powder, that is a quick dissolving powder and can be mixed in teas, smoothies, cocktails and juices. NeoCell Super Collagen powder is non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, and paleo friendly, as well.

How do you take it?
Several ways! Prior to the new Berry Lemon flavor coming out, I would mix Super Collagen Powder into just about anything (and still do). My morning coffee or a batch of blueberry muffins are my favorite ways to get my collagen- probably because those are my two favorite things to put in my mouth :). Now I’ll put the Berry Lemon flavor into smoothies or my favorite this time of year, hot tea. I think it would also be a yummy addition to my blueberry muffins! For me, taking NeoCell is all about self-care and taking care of my body. It makes me feel good to be doing something that has so many positive effects on my body, especially because I don’t really have the time to work-out or get facials weekly. Taking NeoCell allows me to do something good for myself and it’s so easy- I can’t believe I didn’t start taking it sooner.

During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in taking care of others. That is, after all, what the season is all about: giving. But it’s also important to remember that taking care of yourself helps you take better care of others. If doing something as simple as adding NeoCell Collagen to my nightly tea helps my skin, hair, and nails immensely, I’m going to do it. I’m not one to take products unless I absolutely have to, but I feel good about making the choice to better myself and my hair especially is thanking me. Now if only NeoCell could actually tame this mane for me…we’d really be in business.
What are you doing to take care of yourself this holiday season? I encourage you to take a little time for yourself this week whether it’s getting a mani or having your morning coffee in peace- you deserve it!
xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by NeoCell, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

gift guide for the girl

I’m back with another gift guide for y’all and I’m excited because I had so much fun putting this one together! Every item on this list is either something I already own and love, or it’s on own Christmas wish list. Everything is under $100, most under $50, and will all arrive in time for Christmas if you order within the next week (including personalized items). The hardest part was not adding another 12 things….I just might have to do a second gift guide for the ladies because there’s so many great gifts out and on sale right now!


Wubby Fleece Pullover (on sale for $49.90)- You’ve probably seen these “wubbies” everywhere and there’s a good reason- they are the coziest pullovers you’ll ever wear.
2. Personalized Insulated Wine Tumbler ($19.95)- What woman doesn’t want to drink her wine in style? If wine is not her thing, this also makes a great coffee or water cup. Comes in 9 pretty colors- I also love the white.
3. Monogrammed Woven Throw ($39.99)- I’m all about the monograms, as y’all can see, but there’s just something special about a personalized gift. This cozy throw is the perfect present and she’ll never believe it was under $40.
4. Kate Spade NY “heart of gold” Bangle ($32)- A timeless bracelet that she can wear alone or stacked with a watch. She’ll smile when she sees “heart of gold” engraved on the inside. Tis the year to give Kate Spade in honor of the fashion maven’s life.
5. Monogrammed Slide on Loafers ($59.99)- I have been eyeing these for awhile now and have dropped some hints to the little elves in my life. Leopard+monograms+comfy flats? Sign me up. Ladies of all ages would love these!
6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette (on sale for $38)- This is an item on my wish list because I’ve heard such good things about the palette and I love the Anastasia brand. If you have a beauty guru on your list, she will go crazy over the 14 different shades from golden mattes to bronzy metallics.
7. Yasmina Faux-Fur Slippers (on sale for $34.65)- I couldn’t even wait until Christmas…I had to go ahead and order these for myself. They are so cute with the glitter detail and come in 4 colors (I got silver glitter).
8. Monogrammed Super Soft Fringe Scarf (on sale for $19.99)- Don’t walk, RUN to grab this while it’s under $20! These scarves are big, more like a blanket scarf, and so cozy. I have this in black but am ordering the camel for several girls on my list.
9. slip for beauty sleep Leopard Pillowcase ($85)- You may be wondering why a pillowcase would cost $85, but I’ve heard from countless friends that these are worth every penny. Made from pure mulberry silk, this pillowcase helps with anti-aging while you sleep (SO much better for your skin than a regular pillowcase) and helps prevent bedhead. Also allows you to go longer between hair washes. Lots of reasons to invest in one of these for yourself and your mom, sister, etc.!
10. philosophy amazing grace set (on sale for $46.75)- If you’ve never used philosophy products before, you are missing out! They smell divine and the quality is well worth the price. This sweet three piece set is limited edition- I ordered it for my grandmas.
11. Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser ($39.99)- Converts her favorite essential oils into a fragrant, cool mist. Maybe she hasn’t jumped on the essential oil train yet or maybe she has and needs a new diffuser. Either way, this is such a great gift with amazing reviews!
12. Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace ($40)- The sweetest dainty necklace that any lady on your list would love. She’ll love that you put thought into getting her birthstone, and most stones come with the option of both silver and gold metal.

Boone is taking a record long nap, 2 1/2 hours and counting, and I’m not sure what to do with myself. I’m starving and want to head to the Chick Fil A drive-thru, but I should probably start on laundry instead. We have a busy next few weeks with holiday parties and it’s proooooobably somewhat important that we have some clothes to wear.
Happy Hump Day, friends!
xo, Britt