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5-Second Pick-Me-Up: Mineral 89

Take a hot-second to drench your skin in lightweight, fortifying hydration.

5-Second Pick-Me-Up: Mineral 89

*We've partnered with Vichy USA because those 5 extra seconds should really be about us, right mom?

Sleep and time: those are the two precious things that new moms never seem to have enough of (and would do anything) to get back. That's what makes Mineral 89 from Vichy USA such an essential part of a bare-bones daily routine, since it can fake a bit of both, and doesn't take more than a few seconds.

On days when I barely have time to fasten all the hooks of my bra or tie my shoes— much less do some sort of multi-step skincare routine— this is my vital one step (apart from sunscreen, of course). Just a quick pump and a few swipes over my skin and I get a massive boost of hydration, thanks to the moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid and mineralizing thermal water.

This stuff is about as pure as you can get; It's called Mineral 89 because it's literally made from 89% water that comes from volcanic rainwater collected in the chic spa town of Vichy, in France. The water contains 15 skin-strengthening minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese. The clear gel is super lightweight and fast-absorbing, so there's no waiting for it to seep in, and it doesn't leave any stickiness or residue. My face goes from looking parched and fatigued to perky and plump, and the fortifying, antioxidant activity keeps working all day long.

You know you want some. We don’t blame you. Get 20% off at Vichyusa.com, plus free shipping with code WELLROUNDED.

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Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies

Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep

With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.

The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants

We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.

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As you're preparing for baby's birth, we bet you're dreaming of all of the amazing photos you'll take of your precious new babe. As a professional photographer and mama, I have some tips for newborn photos you'll want to capture.

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