Restday in terms of beauty.

Because Momlife can be a very very hectic life, i decided a long time a go that sometimes there should be me-time as well to keep up with the hectic demands of being a mom, a wife a account manager and a sports/fitness lover.
Therefore i try to plan two hours every two weeks where the kids and my husband don’t ask me anything and i have time o unwind and enjoy some sanity and quality time with just plain old me 😉
I always love to try new beauty products or read a book or to combine these two things.
This time i tried several beauty products and i thought let’s do a review about them because they were very nice and i enjoyed using them. So i set up a little beauty ritual for myself, combining a lovely mud mask, a all natural serum, a little spa for my nails and later that day i tested some flashpads for my eyes.
Face masks are an undeniably satisfying part of the spa visit, as there’s nothing quite like the feeling of pampering yourself and giving your skin some much needed TLC. While, massages, hot tubs and aromatic meditation rooms also rank high on the self-indulgence scale, spoiling yourself with a facial mask takes the cake. Who can resist the relaxation time and skincare benefits? Before you write face masks off as spa-only luxuries, think again. You can take pleasure in some of the best facial masks without stepping foot outside. I will be honest with you, normally i am not a big fan of mudmasks. They are just way to messy for my taste, but i found a mask that said on the label it was a ‘No mess Mud Mask’. So i thought let’s give it a try and they deliverd what they said, it did not mess up my bathroom at all! i used the Patchology mud mask.
It is a pre fabricated mask that you can lay over your face, ready to use. The smell was pretty natural but fresh and not heavy at all. The formula has a nice tingly, minty feel to it.
after 10 minutes it was easy to remove, and easy to cleanse my face. I enjoyed a smooth ski for days after. overall score? a 8!
After i removed it, it was time to pamper my face with a serum i got from the Dirty Girl Farm. http://www.dirtygirlfarm.com I tried the vitamin C serum. When i smelled it, it was like spring in a bottle haha, the smell reminded me a bit of cinnamon and a creamy combination. The serum looked very heavy but when i applied it to my face it was actually pretty light and it absorbed quickly in to my skin. very nice!. What i love about this serum is that it is from Dirty Girl Farm and they offer a line of all-natural skincare products and holistic apothecary. All items are free from chemicals, toxins and gluten.. and most important, their products are never tested on animals!!
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As i mentioned i also gave my nails a little spa in the meantime, i tried the ‘Super strong nails’ and i am still using it ( i am testing it now for a period of almost 2 weeks ) i simply apply it to my nails and cuticles. The smell is fresh, a bit minty and it is applied within 2 minutes and helps me to keep my nails strong.

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Allready now i was feeling refreshed and ready to go! But there was still one more pamper moment for me this day to try and these were the restoring ‘Night eye gels’ from Patchology. Did you know the hours between 10pm and 12 am are the best time to repair skin? I did put the lines to bed with a powerful nightly dose of anti aging Retinol and peptides. These gels help you to reduce dark circles. Arnica extract soothes your tired eyes to sleep. Really, just try them.. perfect for moms like me, who are basicly Always tired ( and therefore look tired as well ;-))

So now i am reboosted and restarted after some me time, i am ready t go again!

I hope you enjoyed my review, i know i did haha.

 

xoxo Margriet

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Granola with a twist

Hi there! let’s talk food shall we?

Today i was feeling a bit creative and for those who know me a little bit know i love to cook and experiment a little with it..

So what did i do? Yes i went in to the kitchen and since it was my mumday i thought let’s make a nice treat for my youngest one and for myself. I recently discoverd a granola from OotGranola, it is low in Sugar, it is 100% biologic, without any gluten and contains a whole lot of nuts.

It is from a dutch firm that delivers it to my doorstep, perfect right? yes i thought so as well 😉 http://www.oot.nl

Because i like to keep my Sugar intake as low as possible it really appeals to me since i am a big Sugar addict, yes guilty as charged. 

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I made a traditional granola with yoghurt and fruits and then i thought i am going to try to combine this granola with something that isn’t sweet in texture.

It worked out really well, so hereby i would like to share my recipe with you:

Avocado Salmon and Granola for Lunch.

20180209_123738What do you need?

  • 1/2 a Avocado
  • 60 grams of salmon
  • 1 tb. spoon pesto
  • 2 tb.spoons OotGranola
  • Bread of your choiche i used ‘speltbrood’ ( I looked but there is not a translation for it in English as far as i know )

Really good! i used the ‘Crunchy Nuts’ for this recipe.

 

A classic Granola and yoghurt with fresh fruits.

I also made a classic Granola with yoghurt and fresh fruits as well.

What do you need?

  • 200 grams of non fat yoghurt
  • 80 grams of fresh fruits
  • 2 tb. spoons of the ‘Crunchy Nuts’ from OotGranola.

20180203_095714Trust me, both recipes were gone and eaten in a heartbeat!!

I hope you liked it, let me know if you have any good granola recipes for me in the comments below!

xoxo Margriet.

P.s. follow me on Instagram as well – Frombabytobikinibody

Oh my a photoshoot! how to do a photoshoot?

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How are you all?

i see the Blog is getting more and views, so super exited about that!

And i received some questions about some of the pictures i upload on Instagram @frombabytobikinibody .

1. How can it be that all of your pictures look flawless and so professional? ( well first of all, thank you! i am flattered 😉 )

well, i believe that if you have good pictures on your Instagram that really tell a story, then  people who share the same interests as you will find you and you can connect on social media. Which by the way is one of my goals, to motivate and stimulate others on their journey towards becoming the best version of theirselves. I also look for other #fitmoms on their journey and look at those really beautiful women on Instagram with those popping muscles and ridiculous booty’s because .. well let’s face it.. i want that as well haha! off course you can find everybody with this interest by just looking at the right hashtags but if someone has no pretty pictures, blurry or dark for example, i think most people will tune out and look elsewhere.

But that did just answer a little bit of the question; so how come my pictures look professional? i love to work with Elsbeth Hoekstra, she is a photographer who also shot my wedding.  http://www.ehphoto.nl/

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i simply asked her what it would cost to do a shoot together and we came to a agreement. i wanted to have some pictures of me being fit because i worked my ass of to coming as for as i did. I decided a long time ago i was good enough to do some nice things for me once and a while, and so i did 😉 She shot most of the pictures of me in the gym and me in the industrial warehouse. love it!

But i don’t always have money to do a shoot, which i think is perfectly normal.. because you know life haha. so what i do is i look at http://www.Groupon.nl or http://www.vakantieveilingen.nl for a photoshoot. you pay fee for the organisation, you pay the photoshoot you won and you buy the pictures you like ate the photographer office. ( about 10 pictures and all the fees for €55) which i think is a bargain. 19-11-17 Margriet Hoogenberg (353)

i recently shot for Onella sportswear. www.onella.nl .

Really Totally loving the sportswear! i teamed up with Onella and received this lovely set from Gavelo. So i thought i have to deliver good, high quality pictures ( and really because i just like doing it). i had some mental support with me to the shoot, a good friend of mine. Who was super sweet and told me i was doing just fine and gave me some directions. ( Love you! you know who you are!) So that got me through it because i am nervous every time! If you want something for yourself from Onella Sportswear you can always use my discount code B2BIKINI it gives you a 10 % discount.

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so proud to share my new Photoshoot pictures with you! Let me know your thoughts on them!

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New years resolutions 2018

Hi there!

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and had some time off from your work.

Now the new year has started it is back to business… work, kids, school, sports and i don’t know about you but i have some new years resolutions! I would like to wear my bikini this summer without any uncertainties about my body and just be able to enjoy the summer and my kids, husband, friends and family.

So, i thought let’s get back on the horse again and set myself some goals:

Ready? here we go:

1. Eat healthy. I will try to share of my favorite healthy recipes with you this year!

2. Eat clean.

3. Eat conscious. Meaning: we eat meat in our house and i am more then prepared to switch some meat for vegetarian alternatives, i think we are just getting used to the idea of a sandwich with meat, while i like a sandwich with cheese and cucumber just as much..

4. Exercise a minimum of two times a week but when possible four times a week.

5. Enjoy more!

6. Be Happy more.. Smile more often.

7. Let it go. Meaning; i can not control it all, i always thought i should, but really should i?

8. Do me first. Meaning: what is really important to me? and  who is really important to me? Invest in that and not in everything and everybody else.

9. Love.

That is a lot of stuff right? but really when you think of it, this stuff should come naturally, and i needed to remind myself of that.

Ok, let’s to this! Starting with: Health and Clean eating and smile more..

One of the products i  recently discovered is Aspire drink. It says that it helps to reduce body fat, well isn’t that something most of us would like? i know i would like that haha. It has zero calories and contains zero sugar. It contains about 0,8 kcal in 100ml.

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How Aspire Works

Aspire contains the compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and is the major catechin found in green tea. Also it is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells.

Aspire delivers healthy sustainable energy derived from premium green tea, guarana and B vitamins. Aspire has a unique combination of natural active ingredients that fuel your metabolism to help you burn more calories and support a healthy lifestyle. Healthy energy = Healthy body and mind.

Aspire provides an array benefits that includes, healthy sustainable energy, calorie burn and assists in weight loss. This is all made up of the carefully selected active ingredients contained within one can of Aspire, that includes, premium green tea (EGCG), Ginger, Guarana, L-carnitine and all your essential vitamins that your body needs on a daily basis. Aspire also contains NO calories, NO sugars and NO carbs.

I tried all three flavours, Apple acai, Cranberry and Mango and i like the Cranberry the most.

This drink will be part of my lunchbox for the coming months.

So i hope you liked this first tip of the year to help you reach your body goal this year!

Stay healthy, stay happy and do you first!

xoxo Margriet

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