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Skincare and Makeup Routine

I have never been one to spend more than ten minutes washing my face and putting on my makeup. Hair is a different story that I’m saving for another day. I was SO bummed when my skin took a turn for the worse seven months ago. Think under the skin, painful acne that would hang around for weeks with no sign of going away. My normal skincare routine wasn’t working and I really wanted to give up after four months of wacky skin. I turned to my skincare guru gal pal The True Spoon and my sister in law Mallory for guidance because just like motherhood, I takes a village to get your skin under control. 

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I switched my cleansing products, the masks I use, bought a facial steamer, and got an IPL laser treatment and microneedling. It wasn’t easy to invest in my skin but I am so happy I did! It came down to the fact that I only have one face so why not spend a little extra to take care of it. I am linking everything I am using now below in hopes of it helping you!

Morning routine:

Makeup:

Nighttime routine:

Masks I use 1-2 times each a week after I steam my face (I steam my face 2-3 times a week):

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Please remember that not every product works for everyone. I did four months of trial and error before finding what works best for my skin type. I have combination skin that’s oily and dry in random areas… not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse. Haha! Let me know if you try any of these products. I’d love to know how they work for you. Cheers!


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Cobram Estate Olive Harvest 2019, aka Poppy’s First Flight!

Poppy took her first flight two weeks ago and I will admit, I WAS SO NERVOUS. One, I was nervous to fly just in general. Two, I had no idea how Poppy would act 37,000 feet in the air. Poppy is a superstar because she was so good! I couldn’t believe it. Or maybe I can because she truly is a gem here on the ground so why wouldn’t she be up in the air? I’m thankful the flight went well because we had a full day of Cobram Estate Olive Oil adventuring to do!

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A few things that kept Poppy busy during the flight: tearing apart the inflight magazines, her books, and FOOD. Food was very important because the flight was at 9:15am and she usually has nursed and eaten breakfast by this point. I decided to stop nursing her in the morning this day actually! (Now I only nurse her at night). We were on a time crunch and needed to get out of the house. I was worried that she would be sad but actually she was perfectly fine eating her cereal snack on the way to the airport instead… I’M OK, kinda. I am so proud of her and she’s a lot happier (and less cranky because she wants food instantly after nursing) getting a snack in the morning rather than nursing. During takeoff I had her drink water from her cup with a straw and on the way down she sucked on a puree pack. You can puree your own food but then you’d have to keep it cold. I bought some that are shelf stable until opened. There are so many amazing organic brands out there giving you plenty of options. I brought a handful on the trip to give her when food wasn’t as available. Also, this little narwal snack cup was a huge hit with her. I brought a large ziplock baggie of Kamut Puff Cereal and would refill her snack cup throughout the entire trip. So nice for her to have on the plane, in her carseat, and in the olive groves!

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Now onto the good stuff, the Cobram Estate olive oil tasting room! We landed in beautiful Sacramento and went straight to business. While my mom was on Poppy duty (thanks mom!) I was able to see the olives fresh off the truck from the olive groves go straight into the process of becoming Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. Now this is art! The way Cobram Estate cares for their olive oil is unreal. Their process runs 24/7 during the olive harvest to ensure that their olive oil is as fresh as it can be. They have machines that ensure only the freshest olives make it into their oil! Tree to table with a quick pit stop at their olive mill. 

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I could tell right away that their olive oil team means business. These people LOVE olive oil and care about the entire process. Some are even certified olive oil sommeliers! We got to watch their machines sort the olives, extract into fresh olive oil that we tasted right from the spout. How about that for a fresh taste test?

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After learning about their olive oil process (and wearing my new favorite look) we got to learn about the differences in olive oils and the polyphenol levels. (Polyphenols decrease heart disease risk factors by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing blood clotting and improving the health of artery linings.) This is super important: the less processing the better. “Extra virgin” olive oil, which is cold-pressed only once, has the highest polyphenol levels. Two presses (“virgin” olive oil), reduces polyphenol content further, and oil with three extractions contains only about half the value of “virgin” olive oil. Highly refined or “light” olive oils, which use heat or chemicals in the refining process, have significantly lower polyphenol levels. Cobram Estate ONLY bottles extra virgin olive oil. Think of extra virgin olive oil as fresh olive juice. The quicker you use the oil the better the oil is for you. Cobram Estate recommends using their oil within four weeks after opening to ensure the best taste and benefits. I used some the other day in a paleo olive oil chocolate chip cookie recipe. Extra virgin olive oil and dark chocolate, DOUBLE THE YUM. 

From the tasting room we went to their olive fields and I felt like I was in a fairy tale. There were rolling hills beyond the eye could see of olives waiting to become Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. We got to ride the harvester, a large machine that picks the olives, and eat the most wonderful dinner featuring all the ways to use Cobram Estate EVOO right in the middle of all the action. We ended the evening with an olive oil carrot cake with an olive oil frosting. Never too much olive oil if you ask me!

Day two we were in Napa and had the morning to ourselves. We did a little exploring and found the best park across from our hotel. This was such a special trip to have my mom and Poppy with me! We’ve never spent this much time together just the three of us. I know my mom and I will cherish this trip forever. We’ll have to show Poppy all the photos and videos so she can remember too!

 

After lunch I made my way to the Rutherford House for the big cook off! We were paired with local chefs to create a special dish using Cobram Estates EVOO. We were surrounded by wilderness and rows of grape vines that truly set the tone for an epic evening. I was paired with Jodie and her brother Sam and we made the BEST citrus olive oil cake topped with charred pear. Cobram Estate EVOO is perfect for every recipe, their extra virgin olive oil is great for roasting, drizzling, grilling, baking, frying, dipping, sauté-ing, making salad dressings, and dessert! There really is no wrong way to use their olive oil. 


Since sharing is caring, I’ve teamed up with Cobram Estate to give one of you and two friends the chance to win a bottle of their First Harvest 100% California extra virgin olive oil ($50 value!) for all your cooking needs. Click here to enter and head to cobramestate.com to find their olive oil near you!

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I have a secret to tell you, I’ve been doing Jazzercise at home! In collaboration with Jazzercise On Demand.

Not sure if this will come as a surprise to you or not, but I’m terrified to dance in public. Even in front of friends just for fun! I’m a silly gal but when it comes to anything dancing I freeze. I’ve always wanted to try Jazzercise but never had the confidence to get myself to a class. I could be in the back row and believe that everyone is watching me! Crazy, right? But sadly it’s true and I needed something to get me out of my comfort zone but still kinda keep me in my comfort zone, ya know? This is where Jazzercise On Demand became my best friend!

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Now I can push the coffee table aside and get a quick 10 minute cardio dance sesh in, or do a full 40 minute video, in the comfort of my home. Jazzercise On Demand offers a variety of choreography, targeting different muscle groups and different types of workouts, including cardio, strength training and more! They also release a new video every week so you’ll never tire of the workout videos. I’ve honestly been doing the same video for about two weeks now to try and nail the moves… check out my Instagram here to see how well I’m doing. You can’t be taught my jazzercise dance skills.

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Jazzercise On Demand is an app to provide people like me, a stay at home mom and a gal who didn’t feel comfortable taking a public class, a way to Jazzercise in the comfort of their own home. Even when I’m traveling I can use the app on my phone and dance it out in my hotel room whenever I want. Or for Poppy’s entertainment she can watch me jump around while I’m getting my workout. She was watching me for 30 minutes earlier today while eating her snack. It’s truly a win-win!

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Click here to find out more and use “ROBVIP” for a discount on your monthly submission. You won’t regret it! Jazzercise, have you tried it? Come over and dance with me!

 


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Peachy Raspberry Prosecco Punch, in collaboration with Riondo Prosecco 21+

What’s a party during nap time without peachy raspberry Riondo prosecco (ad21+) punch and toast topped to perfection?

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Have I ever mentioned that I love our patio set up here in San Diego? We had a patio in LA but it was shared with our neighbor and it never felt very cozy. Now that we have our own private one we’re out on the patio all the time! Today I took our patio time up a notch with this peachy raspberry Riondo prosecco punch and cute fall inspired toast. What could scream more “me” than this combo?

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Peachy Raspberry Prosecco Punch:

  • 1/3 cup organic peach puree (heat 1/2 cup frozen peaches on the stove top with 2 tbsp coconut sugar and 1/4 cup water. Let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the peaches are completely mushy. Blend or pure with an immersion blender. You may have extra puree)
  • Handful of organic raspberries (frozen is best)
  • 1 bottle Riondo rosecco

Directions: Add your peach puree and Riondo prosecco to a giant mason jar or pitcher. Stir gently until combined. Pour desired amount over ice and top with a few frozen raspberries. Serve with my fall inspired toast!

Fall Toasts:

  • 2 slices toasted sourdough bread
  • 1/4 cup probiotic or vegan cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Fresh organic berries
  • 1/2 organic peach, slices

Directions: Combine cream cheese, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, maple syrup, and nutmeg together to make a pumpkin cream cheese. Lather on top and top with fruit. Slice into strips or serve whole!


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Mint Smoothie of Poppy’s Dreams, in collaboration with PlateJoy.

Smoothie holder, at your service! I thought smoothie season was over but then the San Diego weather jumped back into the nineties. SYKE. Smoothies are back on deck and Poppy gets her own smoothie now because if she doesn’t she drinks all of mine. And no one could say no to this face!

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The smoothie we’ve had on repeat is the mint chip shake from PlateJoy. PlateJoy is a nifty app that I’ve been using for the last two months and it gives me so much life back! I spend less time figuring out our meals for the week and more time with Poppy. The recipes are delicious yet totally user friendly. Each week the meals change and you can switch up your preferences. Oh, and the weekly meal plans are created to reduce food waste so you won’t be buying 100 different ingredients each week. WINNING!

Click here to find out more about PlateJoy and this delicious smoothie recipe, both are truly a game changer. Do you like mint? I weirdly know quite a few people who don’t and that blows my mind!


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Oh, hi toast Tuesday!

Back from my toast hiatus.

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I stopped posting toast each Tuesday because it was becoming stressful. I love toast and sharing four toast creations each week but once I had Poppy it was too time consuming. For two years I spent an hour on Monday thinking of toast combinations, 45 minutes in the kitchen every Tuesday morning creating four magical toast combinations, and 15 minutes shooting. I’d take step by step shots, make em “strange but good”, and then eat breakfast by noon. Once Poppy was here it became too much. Joel has a schedule of his own so he couldn’t always watch her and I couldn’t just do two pieces, like that wasn’t me! But 14 months later I’m feeling like a whole new toaster. I don’t feel the stress of toasting each Tuesday because I took time away. #toastlikerobin is a tag I created for toast lovers, like myself, to be inspired by other delicious toasts. I love seeing the creations from the tag all week long because toast isn’t just for Tuesday! I was pressured to toast on Tuesday and make them fancy but not anymore. I’m rambling now but I had to share because as silly as it sounds toast became stressful. I made toasting every Tuesday a mandatory thing instead of it being for fun. Hence why I bought this cute flower cutter off Amazon, how cute are these banana slices?!

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Sourdough toast two ways:

  1. Grass fed butter, probiotic cream cheese, avocado, hemp hearts, and crushed pistachios.
  2. Walnut cashew butter with black pepper, banana slices, cinnamon, and manuka honey.

I can’t wait to see all your toast creations this week! PS, Poppy ate her entire avocado toast today plus more. My kind of girl!


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GF/VN Pumpkin Baked Donuts with a Matcha Glaze, in collaboration with Aiya Matcha.

Can’t stop, won’t stop making gluten free and vegan donuts with Halloween sprinkles. 👻

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Last night I had one entire The True Spoon approved mezcal margarita so you better believe I’m moving like a herd of turtles today. I’ll take 100 pumpkin baked donuts with a Aiya Matcha glaze, please. 🤤🍩

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Pumpkin Baked Donuts with a Matcha Glaze:

  • 1 cup gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted grass fed butter (sub vegan butter here to make vegan)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp warm nut milk
  • 1/2 tsp Aiya Matcha culinary grade matcha
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Halloween sprinkles for the tops

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Whisk wet ingredients and coconut sugar together in a large bowl. Mix in dry ingredients and distribute equally into 12 donut slots.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once donuts are cooled completely after baking, make the glaze.
  • Whisk the warm nut milk and Aiya Matcha culinary grade matcha together in a shallow dish. Whisk in remaining glaze ingredients, except for the sprinkles.
  • Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and sprinkle with a few sprinkles. Let set completely before devouring!

These donuts are a huge hit! Sadly Poppy couldn’t have any but she will one day… if I don’t eat them all first. 🤠🍵

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