Starting the Decade Stress-Free with Pure Relief

Hard to believe we're well into 2020! We’ve spent the first couple months of the year reflecting on all we’ve accomplished over the last 10 years –– launched a business, gave birth to and raised an amazing daughter  grown an incredible social media following, the list goes on!

Starting a New Decade Strong and Stress-Free


Now, it’s time to shift gears and turn to creating a plan for success in the next decade. We’ve got big dreams and goals for the 20s and that means we’re often working in overdrive, fitting in a photoshoot here, a workout class there, and always just one more meeting.


Between all the must-dos and new ideas, I’ve found that I need a routine that allows me to find calm in the midst of the crazy. I need a way to cut through the stress and focus on me.

Reducing Stress and Finding Relaxation With Pure Relief CBD Oil


One of my favorite stress-relieving secrets is the CBD oil from Pure Relief, one of the most respected brands in the CBD industry. It’s a must-have in my medicine cabinet and one that I buy on repeat. A few drops under my tongue each night is part of my evening routine that I can’t do without. It lets the stress melt away and lets me relax just enough to slip into bed, open a good book, and find a few minutes of relaxing me-time.


I also love the Pure Relief CBD gummies to take on the go and reach for whenever I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

Take Care of Yourself


Of course, CBD is just one part of the routine that helps me reduce stress. I also make sure to build in a regular fitness routine that includes personal training sessions. Fitness allows me to channel my energy and remind myself that moving my body helps me feel balanced.

Sleep is also at the top of my stress-relieving list. I try to prioritize a good night’s sleep, even when it means getting in bed earlier so I can wake up earlier.


And, I schedule me-time  just as I would any important appointment –– I don’t want to skip out on time to focus on myself and resetting for a successful and busy week.


Remember, whether it’s through CBD, working out, or self-care, focusing on what makes you feel good is the best way to take on stress and let you be your best self heading into a new and exciting decade


4 Self-Care Tips for Mom

The kids are back in school and, now, it’s time for you, mom. With a few more quiet hours during the day, you deserve to take a moment or two to treat yourself this fall. Here are four of our favorite self-care tips for all the mammas out there. (Is there a word like “mamma” that Vanessa prefers to use to address her mom peers? I know that’s one I’ve seen a lot of bloggers use!) 

  • Take Yourself Out to Brunch
  • Next time you’re in charge of morning drop off, don’t head straight home to take care of chores and errands. Instead, pamper yourself with a leisurely weekday brunch at one of your favorite restaurants. Choose the spot that always makes you feel a bit glamorous. For me, that’s the Ivory on Sunset at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. 

    Feeling extra indulgent? Order that glass of wine. I won’t tell.

    1. Break a Sweat in Hot Yoga Class

    There’s no better way to multi-task self-care than to find something that’s good for both mind and body. I’ve been working on me this year and hot yoga is one of my go-to fitness classes. Spending an hour moving through meditative poses while getting my heart rate up is self-care at its best. Plus, you can’t beat that post-yoga glow.

  • Slow Down and Read a Book
  • How often do you find the time to lose yourself in a good book? This fall, make it a point to carve out time in your day to read. Maybe it’s in the early morning before the kids get up, perhaps you’ll make a cup of tea in the early afternoon––or maybe you’ll even find time to escape to a cozy coffee shop for an hour or two before carpool pickup. 

  • Relax with an At-Home Spa Evening
  • Spending a day at the spa is wonderful, but we’re all busy even after school is back in session. So, after you’ve put the kids to bed, find your restful retreat with an at-home spa evening. Splurge on a high-end face mask, put on your fluffiest robe, light a delicious candle, and draw a warm bath. Slip into the water and let your day melt away.

    And, remember, me-time doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Maybe your best self-care is spending an evening laughing with girlfriends over cocktails or cooking an extravagant meal with a great glass of wine. Do what feels right for you––even when the kids get busy.

    Vanessa's 10 Fitness Tips for Moms on the Go

    As moms, we know that fitness is important, but it can be hard to find the time! That’s why we’re making it a priority to stay active. It’ll set a great example for our little ones to see us taking care of ourselves –– and help us keep up with them for years to come.

    Wondering how you’re going to balance mom life and working out? Here are our top 10 fitness tips for moms on the go.

  • Prioritize a regular fitness routine: It’s easier to work out when it’s something that you know you’ll do a set number of times every week. You know you have spin on Mondays, pilates on Wednesdays, and boot camp on Thursdays and Saturdays. It’s your routine and you’re committed to sticking to it!

  • Put your workouts in the calendar: Just as you would with any meeting or appointment, add your workouts to your calendar. They’re equally as important as that big presentation! 

  • Invest in your fitness: Whether it’s boutique fitness classes or a personal trainer that you meet with weekly, when you invest in your fitness, you’re sending a message to yourself that fitness is a top priority.

  • Wake up early: Once the kids get up, all bets are off! Wake up bright and early to squeeze in a run or a class to start your day off right. But, if you have to choose between working out and sleep –– opt for a good night’s sleep.

  • Bring your workouts to you: If your schedule is too crazy to think about getting away from the little ones, bring the workout to you! Many of our favorite fitness studios have workouts available online or you can work with a personal trainer willing to come to your house. 

  • Remember how good you’ll feel after your workout: The hardest part of staying fit is starting. Once you’re at the gym, you’ll always be glad you’re there!

  • Multi-task by bringing along the kids: Barre classes with babies, a moms’ stroller workout –– there are ways to bring the kids along and teach them lifelong lessons about the importance of fitness.

  • Find friends to keep you accountable: Meet up for a walk or a dance class. When friends are counting on you to be there, it’s easier to show up. An added bonus: go out to coffee or brunch afterward.

  • Get in your steps: Whenever possible, get moving! Aim for 10K steps a day.

  • Treat yourself: Don’t forget to take time to recognize all the hard work you’re putting in! You should be proud of yourself for making fitness a priority and taking care of yourself in 2020.

    Our Favorite Holiday Recipe (Plus, One for Moms, Too!)


     Ava and I always love baking sweet treats together, but it’s even more special during the holiday season. There’s nothing better than spending a day with my mini me listening to Christmas music and getting in the holiday spirit. Plus, this sugar cookie recipe is perfect because it lets Ava get creative in the kitchen with cookie cutters, icing, and sprinkles... while I get to soak in every minute of these memories in the making.


    Classic Holiday Sugar Cookies


    Cookie Dough:


    2/3 cup shortening

    3/4 cup sugar

    1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract (almond adds a delicate flavor!)

    1 egg

    4 tsp. milk

    2 cups flour

    1.5 tsp. baking powder

    1/4 tsp. salt


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


    Cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add the egg and beat until fluffy. Stir in milk.


    Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamy mixture.


    Divide the dough in half and chill for one hour.


    Bring the dough out of the refrigerator and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to make rolling a bit easier.


    Using a rolling pin, roll one half of dough out until thin.


    Use cookie cutters to cut into festive shapes (tip: for an extra dose of sweetness, use confectioner's sugar instead of flour to keep the dough from sticking to rolling pin!)


    Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 6-8 minutes. Let cool before icing with recipe below.




    1 cup powdered sugar

    2 teaspoons milk

    ½ teaspoon almond extract


    Mix together ingredients until glossy and smooth.

    Frost cooled cookies. Add sprinkles or any decorations while icing is still wet. Let dry before serving.





    Of course, we couldn’t leave the moms out, right?! One of my favorite holiday (or year-round!) recipes is a festive red sangria. You can easily make a big batch to serve for a girls’ night or a cocktail party. So easy and so delicious.


    Festive Red Sangria


    1 bottle of red Spanish wine

    Seasonal fruit, sliced (sliced oranges and apples are perfect during the holidays!)

    ½ cup brandy

    2 tablespoons agave nectar


    Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to mix well. Let chill for 2+ hours before serving to let the flavors meld together. Serve over ice. Enjoy!



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