I ran this post last year for Mother’s Day and the response I got was overwhelming so I’ve decided to share it again this year. Wishing you a Mother’s Day filled with love.  ‘If you knew how great is a mother’s love’, Wendy told them triumphantly, ‘you would have no fear’”. -From Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie   Every mother has a story, and every mother has her own journey. My journey to becoming a Mother starts at my own two mother’s journeys. When I was almost one, I was given up for adoption by my Biological Mother. She realized, at 21 years old, that she wasRead More →

Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start!  In today’s post, I’m going to share with you my favorite products and beauty routines for the summer! 1. Get your brows and lashes tinted No one wants to apply a brow pencil or heavy mascara if you are at the beach or by the pool in the hot sun! See your Aesthetician and get your brows tinted so that you don’t have to fill them in. Lash tinting can also make your eyes pop without makeup! It’s one of my secret weapons for summer beauty! 2. Let your hair air dry AirRead More →

TGIF y’all!!! You’ve asked and I’m answering… this is my list of the Best Eye Creams available today! BEST ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM- It’s a tie: Lumiere Eye Cream by Neocutis- Helps alleviate skin puffiness with caffeine, plumps up the appearance of skin with the hydrating power of Hyaluronic Acid, visibly diminishes the appearance of under eye darkness. This cream treatsthe delicate eye area to help improve the signs of fatigue powered by 30% more1 PSP® to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Other key ingredients include Bisabolol. This is one of my staples on my shelf! This one is tied with the Lumiere- Micro-EyesRead More →

Hi Ashli! What is the best basic regimen for daily skincare? How many steps should I be doing? Also- in what order should I apply products to my skin? Sincerely yours, Lost in a Sea of Products Hi Miss Lost! These are some GREAT questions. A basic, bare bones regimen should consist of your cleansing, toning, hydrating and protecting your skin. A simple AM regimen would be (in order of application): Cleanse- with either a swipe of toner or a gentle, milky cleanser (unless you are sweating at the gym!) Also just cleansing with water in the morning is fine too! Hydrate-Moisturizing with a productRead More →

  Happy Thursday y’all! It feels SO good to start posting with some regularity again! Thank you for your feedback on my Instagram- most everyone wanted to hear about Adaline’s birth and my successful VBAC at Duke University Hospital! My second daughter, Everly’s birth was very difficult and it ended in an emergency C-section due to her size and positioning. When we moved here to Durham I found out I was pregnant with Adaline about one minute later (surprise!!) When I called the OB group at Duke I gave them my birthdate and they automatically put me with Maternal Fetal Medicine or “High Risk” OBRead More →

Happy Monday y’all!!! I attempted to do this post last week but I had some major technical difficulties with my site! Everything is up and running now and also…. Baby Adaline is HERE!!! She arrived Thursday 4/19/2018 9am 7lbs 1oz 19 1/4″ long! Stay tuned for more on her delivery! Here are some of my favorite photos from our maternity/family shoot that we did at 38 weeks! I hope you enjoy! Photography by Richelle Bozung My dress: Altar’d State-Similar The girls’ dresses and Flower Crowns: H & M Kids On Tony: Banana RepublicRead More →

Hey y’all! It’s just about time for Baby Adaleine to arrive and I wanted to share some of my must-have products that I pack in my hospital bag for postpartum self care.  If you’ve had a baby before, you know there is nothing like that first shower after you deliver. I make sure that I bring things for the shower that give me a sensory experience, which is also a far cry from being in the sterile hospital room!  A Massage oil/Composition Oil– I pack this for during labor and I use it to moisturize my skin afterwards. It contains soothing essential oils that smell heavenly and also help to calm theRead More →

Hi y’all! Baby Adaleine is going to be here SO soon! Thank you for your patience on the less frequent blog posts as we nest and prepare for her arrival!  As promised, here is part 2 of Life During Residency! What Makes Residency Challenging The long hours and the scheduling unpredictability There are a few thing that made Intern Year (the first year) and the following years challenging. The first is adjusting to the new schedule. Interns and Residents alike work a LOT of hours. There have recently been regulations put into place to not over-work medical trainees, but it’s still a lot! Tony worked an average ofRead More →

TGIF y’all! Thank you for your patience while I took two weeks off from blogging! It was a much needed time-out and I took time off from social media too! Once in a while I think that’s important! Today’s post is Part One, all about life as a Resident’s wife, and I’m also entitling it “Make it Work” You KNOW I would never lie to you… residency is REALLY hard. Read on.  Match Day: The Big Day Before Residency Begins I really need to start with the match, before residency even begins, because this is a crucial and pivotal time for both your SO’s career as well as forRead More →

Hi Ashli! I am newly pregnant and I am very concerned about preventing stretch marks. Are there any effective products on the market and is there anything I can do to prevent them? Thank you so much. Sincerely yours, Stretching Mama-to-Be Dear Stretching Mama-to-Be, Oh my darling, I completely understand this concern! Stretch marks are essentially scar tissue on the surface of the skin due to rapid changes not only in tension on the skin but also due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy. Currently, there are no proven products on the market to prevent them, and in many cases they appear to be genetic.Read More →