Your $100 Mom Face Overhaul

A nontoxic beauty routine that won’t break the bank.

Your $100 Mom Face Overhaul
I took my skincare and makeup completely natural/organic 6 years ago. Since then, I hear a lot of people saying, “Oh, I’d like to do that, but it’s so expensive.” Or “I will when I can afford to buy all new makeup.” Well, the research just keeps pouring in about how chemicals from our beauty products are absorbed in our bodies, and how they can affect our health, so I recommend that the time to green your routine is NOW. And as for that “I can’t afford it” problem, I hear you. But what if I told you that you could really make a significant change in your health for only $100? You could completely change your makeup over to safe, natural products on that budget in about a million different ways. Here are a few of them. The Challenge: Can you buy all-new, natural beauty products for a complete face makeover for under $100? Yup. And here's how. You: The Classy Minimalist You don’t want to look like you’re wearing makeup. But you certainly don’t want to look like you’re NOT wearing makeup! This look will eliminate shine, cover dark circles and blemishes, brighten those eyes, and make your lips conditioned and soft! W3LL PEOPLE realist invisible setting powder $24 RMS un coverup concealer, $36 Alima pure mascara, $22 Herbivore botanicals coco rose lip polish, $18 = $100 You: The Trendsetter Here are 4 products from 4 small-ish, indie, green-beauty brands, meaning you’ll be the first of your friends to try (and LOVE!) these goodies. W3LL People Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer, $22.50 La Bella Figura creme blush, $36 FitGlow Beauty Good Lash Mascara, $25 Au Naturale lip gloss $15 = $98.50 You: Super-Natural Superhero You don’t have time to put on a lot of makeup. AND, you need options for your by-day persona (Clark Kent) and your night persona (Superwoman!). This look has two sheer foundation options, depending on if it’s day, when you definitely should be wearing SPF, or night, when you don’t need to. Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation, $54 (and save $1), with a whopping 11 shades to choose from! (Use this during the day if you already have an SPF moisturizer you like and use. But don’t you dare think about skipping sunscreen altogether! It’s very important, especially for busy superheros like you!) Kari Gran lip whip, $15 Kjaer Weis mascara, $28 (refill) (We’re cheating here a bit because the initial purchase of this Kjaer Weis product involves and extra $10 for this gorgeous silver mascara tube, which you’ll reuse, refill, and love for years to come!) = $98 You: Afraid of Change You have a routine. You like it. It works. You’re hesitant to go green. Well, you’re in luck. RMS’s new rose-gold Master Mixer can be mixed with other products or used on its own as a light blush, highlighter, and/or barely-there lip color. It’s a one-stop shop of new inspiration, or you can mix it with stuff you already have and love to make new colors and ease into this green makeup thing veeeeery slowly. RMS Master mixer, $38 W3LL PEOPLE Altruist Foundation Powder, $31.50 Ilia mascara, $26 = $95.50 You: Only shop at Target Convenience bonus: this look is available entirely at Target! I’d like to introduce you to two of my favorite, all-natural, non-toxic beauty brands that you can get in the same trip while stocking up on milk, toilet paper, and diapers! You’re welcome!! W3LL People hypnotist eye pencil: $18.50 Vapour Organic Beauty Multi Use blush: $36 W3LL People bio extreme lipgloss, $21.50 = $76 So go ahead, change your face, mama. You can afford it. Happy, healthy beauty shopping!


Rarely is a woman more concerned with what her body needs than when she's pregnant. We start to question and research everything, right? From swearing off turkey sandwiches to diving down the rabbit hole of prenatal supplements that make up what we lack, the stress of overthinking is real, mama.

One of the main reasons we launched the Motherly Shop is to help take some of that stress away. We've tracked down the best brands and products developed by people (and in many cases, women!) that truly work to serve the needs of real mamas, especially throughout the overwhelming transition into motherhood.

That's why we knew we had to introduce mamas-to-be to the science-backed and expertly-formulated protein collagen for pregnancy from Needed. And as one of our bestsellers, it's clear you've been looking for it, too.

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.


Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.


Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.


The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.


The Snoo bassinet


Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!


Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.


Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!


Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.


Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

best baby swaddle

There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.


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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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