Cortney Galster's Blog (209)

Become an Arbonne Believer: I Wouldn't Steer You Wrong, Guys!

This morning is one of those days when I really could use a nap. In the form of aboutsix more hours of sleep. I know, I know – stop complaining, right? The reality is that I really can’t complain too much – because of a fabulous deal my Arbonne team is running until the end of the month. Are you ready? Wait for it….Fifty percent – yes, that’s 50% off of EVERYTHING until January 31st. That’s 50% off the RE9 line. 50% off of the most amazing makeup…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 26, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Baby Laughs Are the BEST <3

Having a baby isn’t the easiest thing in the world – any mom can tell you that. It’s challenging, it can be frustrating and it’s definitely tiring. But here’s the thing about all of those things: the little joys always outweigh anything else. Being a mommy can be tough, but it’s also rewarding as all hell. And one of those little happiness’s that comes hand in hand with being a mommy? Baby smiles. You really can’t help but…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 24, 2013 at 7:14pm — No Comments

My Jeans Are Tight. It's Time for a Change - Let's Do It Together!

Yesterday morning I was getting ready, just like any other morning. But something was a little different. I felt a little…jigglier…than normal. Suddenly, I was nervous that my jeans weren’t going to fit. I don’t know why this feeling came to me out of the blue. I just knew they were going to be tight. And you know what? They were. It wasn’t the same as the I-still-need-to-lose-the-baby-weight feeling.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 23, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

How This Thing Called Arbonne Has Changed My Life

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I’ve been talking a lot lately about an amazing life change that I made recently. And if you don’t follow me…well, hopefully I’ve intrigued you at least a little bit to hear more. But before I tell you thewhat, let me tell you the why.

A couple of months before RJ was born, I lost myself. Throughout my pregnancy I put up with a lot of crap that I probably shouldn’t have had to deal with – and eventually, I…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 20, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Four Tricks To Get Baby To Sleep When They're Fighting Dreamland

Truth: when your baby starts sleeping through the night – even if it’s just for a six hour stretch – it’s pretty much the most blissful experience you can have as a new parent. Sure, there are other joys about being a baby mama. When your little guy intentionally smiles at you for the first time, hearing that first belly laugh, the list goes on. But I’ve realized that I’m more able to appreciate all of these things now that my baby sleeps through the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 16, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

BBQ Chicken Pizza: Let's Switch Things Up A Bit

One thing I love: pizza, obviously. But I don’t love every kind of pizza. What I really love is homemade pizza. It’s fresher, healthier and…cheaper. Duh. But sometimes you need to switch things up a little from the original. Aka if you’re getting tired of the same old, same old pizzas every week {yes, we do have pizza once a week at my house. And you really should be, too…} then put a little twist on your pie this week – in the name…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 15, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

RJ's Sick - But at Least It's Not The Flu. Oh, and I'm Back, Jack!

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The last week has been one of the craziest I can remember – which I will get into later. Because the last week was nothing compared to the last two days. My little man is sick. It’s the first time he’s been sick – so Ricky and I are pretty happy that a baby born just before the start of flu season has actually made it to nearly four months old without any illnesses! But I have to tell you: seeing your baby under the weather…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 14, 2013 at 8:25pm — No Comments

WAHM Guide: How to Create a Five Year Plan - and Actually Make it to That Five Year Goal

Back in the days when I was young, single and living in the city, my life revolved around…well…me. I wasn’t accountable for anyone else – and my long term plans reflected that. Once I met Ricky, that started to change. When we started planning for a family, we started really planning for our family’s future, which was a much bigger – and scarier – undertaking than I ever thought it would be. Now that we have a little one in our life, I realize how important it is for…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 7, 2013 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Things I Love: The Best Beauty Products to Start Out Your 2013

I’ll be the first one to admit that life is busy. Between being everything that life throws at me, I know that every once in a while I need to do a little something for me. And one of my favorite ways to do that is through amazing beauty products that give me an excuse to take some time for myself or add a little pretty to my life. Or both – because those things have a tendency to go hand in hand. So here…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 4, 2013 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Being a Super Mommy Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

There’s a mommy epidemic that’s been going around the nation lately. I read about it in blogs, hear it in news articles and see it with some of my own friends: the pressure to be a super mom. Not just a super mom – super woman. Before RJ was born, I almost succumbed to this mindset. And I was driving myself crazy. I finally reached a breaking point and realized that the image of a mom that society projects onto women doesn’t have to be…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 2, 2013 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Baby's First Food - RJ's Officially on Solid Foods.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this a few weeks ago or not, but RJ is officially on his first real food: oatmeal! It’s recommended that you start your baby on cereal – or their first solid foods – around four months because babies sometimes aren’t ready to start chewing {gumming?} their food until that point. RJ was ahead of thatmilestone: he showed all of the signs of being ready for his first solid foods, including being the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 2, 2013 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Happy New Year! My New Years Resolutions for 2013

Wow – the holidays have flown by this year. Actually, this whole year has really gone by in the blink of an eye. I feel like the last year of my life has been all about changing for the positive. I quit my job and started a consulting firm. I got married to the love of my life and had a beautiful baby boy. And amongst all of these tangible life changes, I learned a lot about life, love and relationships.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 1, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Christmas Was Awesome. But it Left My House a Total Mess.

I can’t believe that tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. It literally seems like it was just weeks ago that we brought in 2012. The year went by so fast and life changed in the blink of an eye. It went by so fast, in fact, that I don’t even have any resolutions for the New Year – other than to just enjoy life as it comes!

We’re still recovering from Christmas. If you could see what my house looks like right now, you would probably be…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 30, 2012 at 12:58pm — No Comments

WAHM: Curating an Audience for Your Blog

Obviously, I’m a blogger. Writing is more than just a place to express myself: it’s how I relax throughout the crazy that tends to be my daily life. Since I’ve been blogging for so long {since 2007, if you really wanted to know}, I have extensive experience in creating a blogging “audience”, if you will. If you’re just starting out – or even if you’ve been blogging for a long time – you might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of cultivating a strong blog…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 27, 2012 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Merry Day After Christmas!

The past few days made up my baby’s first Christmas – and I honestly can’t believe that they’re already over! Between all of the shopping and preparing and visiting and hosting, Christmas certainly went by in a blur. I really enjoyed the past five days. But I’m also a little sad that our first holiday season with our first little one is coming to a close.

But with that being said, our first Christmas with RJ certainly was a…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 26, 2012 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Super Mom to the Rescue. Even on Saturdays.

Days like today make me feel like super mom. And it’s not even eight am yet.

I was up early with the little man – who was hungry well before six am but not ready to actually wake up. So instead of opening his eyes at all he just screamed while I prepared a bottle for him. I tried to give him some oatmeal – which is usually what he has for his first meal of the day – and he screamed some more. Apparently he really didn’t want to…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 22, 2012 at 8:45am — No Comments

A Sticky Situation: Learning to Change a Baby Diaper and Staying Dry at the Same Time

When RJ was first born, I can honestly say that I was a pretty prepared mama. I had his clothes washed and put away long before we went to the hospital, knew exactly how to prepare his bottles and was totally stocked up on diapers and wipes for the little guy. I even had all of his teeny tiny crib shoes neatly displayed on a shelf in his closet! But there was one sticky situation that I wasn’t prepared for: changing my baby boy’s diaper. Sure, I’ve changed tons of diapers before. But…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 21, 2012 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

Keeping Life Organized as a New Mom

Here’s the thing: when you have a baby, there are a lot of things that change in your lifestyle no matter who you are. You’re crazy busy as you adjust to having a new little person in your life who requires constant care and attention. You’re sleep deprived and learning how to cope with doing normal things – like laundry – when all you want to do is spend time with your new little addition. But slowly, you adapt. You learn to…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 20, 2012 at 9:13am — No Comments

WAHM: Getting Back to Work After Having a Baby

Now that I’m officially back to working full time, there are a few things that I’ve learned about being a true working mom. Ok – there are a lot of things that I’ve learned. But there are definitely some things that will not just make your life easieras you transition pregnancy to having your baby to your *new* normal life with a babe. Here are my four tips to making a smooth transition from having your baby to actually going back to work.

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 19, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Baby Love: The Photo Version

I told you guys yesterday that my friend Mandi (of Mandi Folks Photography right here in Woodbury!) took some shots of my little man at her house a couple of weeks ago. And now – without further ado – here are the gorgeous photos of la babe. I think you guys will agree that he is pretty darn handsome! And that Mandi is an amazing photographer. You should definitely check out…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 14, 2012 at 2:39pm — No Comments

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