Best Affordable Swimsuits for Summer

fashion, Lifestyle
The cutest lavender bikini from H&M

This summer, I’m all about AFFORDABLE SWIMSUITS! After a year of little social activity and few vacations, plus being pregnant last summer, I’m now ready to overhaul my old swimsuits for fashionable new ones!

I don’t know about you, but I like to change up my pool/beach looks while on vacation… which means I can’t be spending $100-$200 per ‘kini — OK?!?! Luckily, H&M has killed it this summer introducing TONS of affordable swimsuit options! And, many of the suits you can mix and match – like these ribbed bikini bottoms and matching tops!

I’ve outlined all my favorite affordable H&M swimsuits below. I can’t wait to wear some of these new suits at all the upcoming pool parties and travel we have planned this summer!

Affordable swimsuits from H&M
  1. Lavender Bikini Bottoms and Lavender Bikini Top – This lavender color is so pretty for this classic bikini. This will probably be my most worn swimsuit this summer!
  2. White Bikini Bottoms and White Bikini Top – I was hunting for an all white bikini to rock this summer, and this one fits so perfectly! I love that its ribbed, so the fabric is thick. It comes in multiple colors, so you can mix and match the bottoms with the tops!
  3. Neon Yellow Bikini Top and Neon Yellow Bikini Bottoms – I’m digging all the ’90s vibes this season and this neon suit feels so old school Sports Illustrated! This will look so good with a tan!
  4. Pink Brazilian Bikini Bottoms and Pink Brazilian Bikini Top – So girly and flirty! If you’re looking for a high waisted bikini, this one is so flattering!
  5. Black High-Legged Ribbed Swimsuit – I got this swimsuit in red and I love it! It’s sexy but also appropriate enough to wear in the water with kids.
  6. Red One-Piece – Ready to join the Summer Olympics in this number! Feels like Sporty Spice!
  7. Blue Striped One-Piece – Feelin’ the classic East Coast vibes with this suit! Perfect for rocking at the country club or a Fourth of July pool party.
  8. Pink Striped Shaping Swimsuit – This suit is ultra flattering with high leg cut and sculpting effect on waist. I love how girly it is with pink stripes and ruffles.

Which swimsuit is your favorite? Are you team one-piece or team bikini? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to follow with me on Instagram and LIKEtoKNOW.it for more easy, affordable fashion!

XO, Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

Easy and Affordable Red, White & Blue Looks for Summer

fashion, Lifestyle
Love this red puff sleeve crop top from H&M!

I absolutely love summer! The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, but I like to kick off the season of red, white and blue outfits with Memorial Day Weekend! I don’t know about you, but since its the first long holiday weekend in the COVID vaccination era, I’m ready to celebrate with family and friends! I can’t wait to get dressed up and see people again! Here are some easy red, white and blue looks to copy for poolside parties, backyard BBQs and date nights this summer!

Three easy red, white and blue looks to copy for summer!
Red, white & blue looks for Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July and ALL SUMMER!
  • Straw Fedora Hat – Nothing better than a classic straw fedora hat to wear all summer for all occasions – so easy for pool, beach or any outdoor party!
  • Red One Piece Swimsuit – I love that one-piece swimsuits have really made a fashionable comeback in the last few years. This one gives ’90s sporty vibes, which I love for being chic but also active in the pool with my kiddos!
  • White Swimsuit Cover Up Wrap – This Amazon cover-up is so affordable, comes in a variety of colors and comes in packs of two! I love this for when I’m at the pool and want to quickly get up to get a drink or go back to the hotel room but don’t want to get fully dressed.
  • White Birkenstocks – These have been my go-to sandals for the last year, because they’re so comfy and waterproof. Great shoes for running errands, staying cute at the pool or chasing my kids around!
  • White Crop Top – White linen crop tops will be my go-to with all my high waisted shorts and jeans this summer!
  • Blue Striped Paper Bag Waist Shorts – Bless the person who invented paper bag waist shorts! They are so comfy! These navy stripes are perfect for summer and can go with lots of outfits.
  • Elda Slide Sandal in Natural Raffia – This sandal gives me tropical vibes. Can’t wait to wear them on vacation and with all my dresses this summer!
  • Red Chandelier Earrings – I’ve worn these for the last couple years and they don’t get old! Perfect to dress up a casual outfit or add a pop of color!
  • Red Puff Sleeve Crop Top – This top looks so romantic and chic for a date night!
  • Distressed High Waist Levi’s – My most favorite “mom jeans” ever! They’re often sold out, so I’ve linked similar styles here and here.
  • Tule Block Heel Sandal in Black Leather – I’m digging the square toe this season. These sandals are ridiculously comfortable for heels. Can’t wait to wear these for date nights and evening social gatherings with friends!

What are you looking forward to wearing this summer? For more fashion inspo, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @maggiehjackson and LiketoKnow.it!

XO, Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

2021 Mother’s Day Gift Guide For Every Type of Mom

Home, Kitchen, Lifestyle, Mom & Baby
Great Mother’s Day gift idea: Adventure Chef Knife from Messermeister

Mother’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, May 9, and if you’re struggling with what to get Mom this year, this gift guide is for you!

I get it, moms can be hard to shop for!

Since women make up 70-80 percent of all consumer purchasing, your mom likely does a lot of shopping for herself already! Those three Amazon packages at your door? I promise that not all of them are “things for the baby!”

Plus, some moms can be so picky! Like, she loved rose gold jewelry two years ago but now only wears yellow gold… What?!?!

So, how do you choose a gift for mom that says I love you and appreciate you without resulting to the boring old vase of flowers and Hallmark card?

*Please note: Flowers and cards are still ALWAYS a welcomed thoughtful gesture!!

Below, I have put together a Mother’s Day gift guide comprised of five truly unique, one-of-a-kind gift ideas for every type of mom. Happy shopping!

My Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts in 2021:

1. FOR THE JEWEL LOVING MOM:

Ring Concierge’s Personalized Pieces

Perfect Mother’s Day gift idea: this Ring Concierge Personalized Multi Name Necklace

If you have a mama who loves jewelry, the new personalized pieces from Ring Concierge make for a perfect Mother’s Day gift because you can add your children’s names or initials. There’s nothing sweeter than wearing a reminder of your babies everywhere you go! The line offers a variety of styles, metals and fonts to customize and fit your mom’s personality… and your budget!

An especially thoughtful gift that gives back are the jewelry pieces from Ring Concierge’s engravable heart collection. Fifteen percent of gross profits are donated to Pretty Brown Girl, a non-profit promoting confidence and leadership development for girls of color. I love a gift that also makes a difference!

I’ve gotten to a point in my jewelry collecting days where I don’t necessarily want another piece of trendy costume jewelry, and that’s why I love Ring Concierge. The brand offers bespoke “elevated classics.” It’s high-end jewelry that you can personalize and buy online… How cool is that?! Fashionable celebs like Victoria’s Secret model Devon Windsor and former Bachelorette Joelle Fletcher are fans of Ring Concierge, so you know you’re giving mom something that will make her feel like a “cool mom” when she wears it!

Starting prices for the personalized pieces range anywhere from $90 to over $2,000. I’ve shared a few of my favorite styles below, or you can browse the collection yourself at http://www.ringconcierge.com.

2. FOR THE CHEF MOM:

Messermeister’s Adventure Chef Knife

For the mom who loves to cook or be on-the-go, I love the new folding Adventure Chef Knife from Messermeister. We’ve been home long enough this past year during the pandemic, so take the kitchen on the road and cook from anywhere with this full-sized knife! It’s the same high-quality of a chef’s knife you’d use in your kitchen, but compact and portable. I know our family will love using this at the beach to prepare lunch and for future camping trips! You can even have the knife engraved with mom’s name to make it extra special and personalized!

What makes this gift even more special, in my opinion, is that Messermeister is a local mom-owned company. The brand has been around for 40 years and is based out of Ojai. The family business is led by Debra Dressler and her two daughters, Kirsten and Chelcea. Shop all of Messermeister’s knives at http://www.messermeister.com.

3. FOR THE STYLISH AND ECO-CONSCIOUS MOM:

Aurora Sage’s Silk Scarves

If you have a stylish mom, she’ll love these one-of-a-kind silk scarves from Aurora Sage, an LA-based sustainable women’s fashion brand. The scarves come in three sizes and can be worn a variety of ways, like on your head, around your neck or shoulders, or even as a top! Aurora Sage specializes in organic silk pieces, and all are hand-dyed using natural ingredients such as rose pedals, avocados and turmeric… how cool is that?! And, you’ll be supporting a local mama, as everything is manufactured in LA and dyed in-house by founder and fellow mom Stephanie Carollo. Stephanie created the company just after she had her second son and wanted to create a line that made women feel beautiful while also being safe for their bodies and the environment.

I personally love all of Aurora Sage’s clothing, and it’s fun mixing and matching the different colored pieces. Right now, I’m really into all the yellow pieces, as they feel so cheery for spring and so on-trend with Pantone’s color of the year, Illuminating Yellow. And, the silk blazers look so chic over the slip dresses! Shop all of Aurora Sage’s items at http://www.aurorasage.com.

4. FOR THE BEAUTY OBSESSED MOM:

Curateur’s Special Edition Beauty Box by Rachel Zoe and Estee Lauder

If your mom can’t get enough beauty products, Curateur has launched a Special Edition Beauty Box just in time for Mother’s Day! The Beauty Box is curated by celebrity moms Rachel Zoe and Estee Lauder and features some of the leading and most innovative beauty products on the market. Additionally, sales from the Beauty Box benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF), a cause that’s near and dear to Rachel’s heart and mine, as both my mother, grandmother and mother in-law battled with breast cancer. Curateur will give 20% of the purchase price to the BCRF and their life-saving work. Another gift you can feel good about!

Rachel Zoe with Curateur’s Special Edition Beauty Box

The box is valued at over $230, but is sold for only $49.99!! It’s a real steal including some amazing products like:

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex: This supercharged treatment helps repair the visible impact of lack of sleep, UV, pollution, even blue light. It’s proven to reveal a bright, hydrated, visibly revived look with comprehensive benefits for the eye area.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Styling Leave-In: This UV-protective gel-creme conditions, detangles, and fights frizz creating beautiful surfer girl waves!

Origins Plantscription™️ Multi-Powered Youth Serum: Their most comprehensive serum for face, neck, and eyes that helps provide a youthful transformation with every use.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base: One of Bobbi Brown’s bestsellers—a primer plus moisturizer for smooth makeup application (it’s the best of both worlds)!

So many fabulous products at fantastic price in Curateur’s Special Edition Beauty Box

You can purchase the box by becoming a Curateur member for $99 at http://www.curateur.com. As a member, you’ll receive a seasonal lifestyle box featuring the most coveted beauty, fashion and home brands on the market. Imagine how excited mom will be receiving her Curateur box with each new season!

5. FOR THE DOG MOM:

Paw.com’s PupProtector Blanket

All moms deserve to be celebrated on Mother’s Day, including Dog Moms for everything they do for our furry family members! As a dog mom myself, I can’t recommend this Paw.com PupProtector Blanket enough! The blanket is designed to seamlessly blend into any home, and it looks super chic at the end of our bed and on our living room couch. Made from plush faux fur on one side and ultra-soft microsuede on the other, the blanket protects areas from pet hair, dirt, spills, pet accidents, and scratching damage. Our toddler even likes snuggling with it! The blanket comes in so many color options and matches with many of Paw.com’s dog beds. Plus, its so easy to clean – waterproof and machine washable! The blanket comes in a couple different size options and can be purchased on www.paw.com.

Naps are cozy (and chic) on our Paw.com PupProtector Blanket
We have the Polar White color available here: Paw.com PupProtector Blanket

I’m hopeful you’ll spoil mom with one of these very thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day! Tell me which gift idea is your favorite in the comments below, or connect with me on Instagram at @maggiehjackson.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

XO, Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

The Best Rosé Wines! Plus, My Favorite Wine Accessories!

Home, Kitchen, Lifestyle
Cheers to rosé! The Palm by Whispering Angel is a favorite “pink wine!”

With summer upon us (yayyy!), it only makes sense to do a post about my favorite rosé wines…. Wait, who am I kidding – I drink rosé all year round!

What I love most about rosé is its versatility. In addition to being a delightful wine right out of the bottle, I also love it as a spritzer! And, it can be paired with EVERYTHING – from BBQ to sushi!

However, I don’t consider all rosés equal, so this post highlights only my top 10 favorite rosé wines. If you’ve previously passed on “pink wine,” I highly recommend that you give one of these rosés a try and let me know what you think. For those of you who already understand the gloriousness of rosé, let’s be friends! Comment on this post or connect with me on Instagram to tell me your go-to rosé!

Before we get into this list, I do have to add the disclaimer that I am not a sommelier – just an amateur rosé connoisseur. No one has dubbed me as an expert, but since I drink rosé so often, I feel like a professional… Alas, I have no certificate to prove it.

As you’ll see from my list below, I lean towards rosés that are from France, specifically the Côtes De Provence region. However, not all the rosés on my list are from France. There’s some California in there, too! I also prefer dry rosés over sweet, and I’m drawn to rosés that are more pale salmon pink than dark cherry pink.

The majority of these wines can be found at your local grocery store. Or, you can make your life easier and get the wine delivered from Amazon Fresh, which is conveniently included in an Amazon Prime membership. When you have two little babies, like me, grocery and wine shopping is so much simpler when ordered online. Plus, I love that Amazon Fresh has same-day delivery, and I often get the groceries delivered to my door in 2 hours or less!

So, let’s dive in! My list of best rosés below is in no particular order.

My Top 10 Rosé Wine Recommendations:

Chateau D Esclans Whispering Angel

Region: Côtes De Provence, France

Winemaker Notes: “Whispering Angel is today’s worldwide reference for Provence rosé. Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle (Vermentino), its pale color is pleasing to the eye and draws one in. The rewarding taste profile is full and lush while being bone dry with a smooth finish. Highly approachable and enjoyable with a broad range of cuisine, Whispering Angel is a premium rosé that you can drink from mid-day to midnight.”

Maggie Notes: Whispering Angel is perhaps the Holy Grail of rosés. It’s on the pricier side for a reason – it’s darn delicious. Bring this rosé to a party and you’re guaranteed to make friends.

Chateau D Esclans The Palm by Whispering Angel

Region: Côtes De Provence, France

Winemaker Notes: “Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan, this authentic rosé from Provence operates as a playful, trendy, energetic “little sister” to Whispering Angel. The Palm is expressive both inside and out as it shows great aromatic freshness on the nose followed by more subtle, fruity notes on the palate. The colorful and playful label has been called “almost as perfect as the rosé itself”. Signed and approved by Whispering Angel.”

Maggie Notes: A more affordable rosé by the same folks behind Whispering Angel – what’s not to like?! Also, the bottle feels so fun and perfect to bring to a pool party!

Chateau Miraval

Region: Côtes De Provence, France

Winemaker Notes: “Pretty petal pink color with shiny undertones. Instantly reminds of Provence with its beautiful aromas of fresh fruit and spring flowers. Airy and balanced, it delicately combines great freshness and complexity, and develops saline and mineral notes. Its long and intense finish is the signature of a rosé with incomparable elegance: Miraval.”

Maggie Notes: I recently learned that Miraval is a joint venture between Perrin family and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It’s safe to say the Pitt-Jolie family knows their rosé, as this is one of my most favorites. To me, this wine offers the perfect balance of light fruit while still being dry and sophisticated. I especially love pairing this wine with a fancy brunch or lunch.

Chateau Minuty M Rosé

Region: Côtes De Provence, France

Winemaker Notes: “M de Minuty is the quintessential Cotes de Provence Rose, a style that Chateau Minuty defined,and is the reason behind their success as the world’s top producer of premium rosé. Fresh, lively and perfectly balanced, fantastic quality, a glass in hand transports you to the seaside and the French riviera lifestyle, watching the sea and the sky, surrounding yourself with friends and family, and enjoying life to the fullest.”

Maggie Notes: This rosé is so refreshing and drinkable. I imagine being at a pool party in St. Barts surrounded by other fabulous people drinking M de Minuty in private cabanas. It’s lovely for a day in the sun or to liven up your brunch.

Summer Water

Region: Central Coast, California

Winemaker Notes: “This dry rosé reflects the pale pink promise of the perfect warm-weather wine. It’s delightfully crisp, lighthearted, and destined for a good time. The grapes for this Central Coast Grenache and Syrah blend were picked early in the season to achieve a natural acidity that’s ideal for summer drinking. To ensure as little extraction from the skins as possible, we used the direct press method, retaining the delicate fruit aromas and pale color rosé is known for. The result is light, aromatic, and dry – with notes of melon, peach, rose, and citrus. Summer-friendly fare like shellfish, ceviche, and salads will pair swimmingly or just drink it chilled with the ones you love.”

Maggie Notes: While hailing from the Central Coast, this rosé is as drinkable as the rosés from Provence with the bonus of American Spirit. This is the rosé you bring to the beach or have waiting in an ice bucket for your guests at your July 4th BBQ. It goes with everything, so be careful – it really can go down like water!

Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses

Region: Languedoc, South of France

Winemaker Notes: “A wine to celebrate the Mediterranean Art of Living! Its originality lies in its original rose-shaped bottle, created by a young designer from Ecole Boulle. This cuvée boasts a lovely yellow color with golden tints. It is fresh. A soft, pale, brilliant pink with bluish tints developing over time towards more orangey nuances. The bouquet releases aromas of summer fruits, cassis, and redcurrant. Floral notes of rose along with hints of grapefruit complete the picture. The finish is fresh, offering notes of candy. On the palate, the impression is fresh and full, with great aromatic persistence and balance.”

Maggie Notes: A great balance of floral and fruity, this rosé makes for a lovely hostess gift because it comes in such a beautiful bottle.

La Vieille Ferme

Region: Rhône, France

Winemaker Notes: “Pale pink in color, this rosé offers fresh, delicate aromas of red fruits (currant, cherry), and citrus (lemon). On the palate, it shows a beautiful balance between ripeness and acidity, with notes of fresh fruit.”

Maggie Notes: This the most affordable rosé on my list, and it just so happens to also be one of my favorites. I recently learned that La Vielle Ferme is made by the Perrin family, who also produces the top-rated Miraval (also included on my list above). No wonder it’s so good! We always have this rosé in our wine fridge. I will sometimes use it to make rosé wine spritzers, too.

Meiomi Rosé

Region: California

Winemaker Notes: “Delicately pink in color, Meiomi Rosé is delightfully dry with vibrant acidity. The wine opens to delicate aromas of watermelon, orange peel, and subtle hints of rose petal. The palate offers a lush mouthfeel with flavors of stone fruit and strawberry with a cool minerality on the finish.”

Maggie Notes: This is the rosé I want to drink when vacationing the Coast of California. It’s delightful for pairing with snacks at a picnic or sipping on your hotel room balcony before dinner. It’s dry and fruity. It feels like vacation, and it feels like California.

Thorne 2019 Rosé

Region: Santa Rita Hills, California Central Coast

Winemaker Notes: “The 2019 vintage was Estate Grown, in our Rio Vista Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills appellation and is our first rosé production. Produced in limited quantity, the resulting wine was made using a saignee, or juice draw, taken immediately upon crushing the grape clusters into the fermenter. This saignee was taken from small 1 – 1.5 ton lots of Pinot Noir from 6 different blocks and is 100% from Rio Vista Vineyard. The brief contact with the red grape skins renders its beautiful pale salmon color. The juice was fermented in stainless steel barrels, then aged on its lees for five months, adding depth and complexity to the wine without overshadowing the fresh fruit components. This Rose was bottled on March 4, 2020 and is an expression of the unique terroir of our vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.”

Maggie Notes: This is the only wine on my list that’s not easily found in your local grocery store, but it is too good to leave off. I’m usually skeptical of California rosés, because I’m convinced no one can make a good dry rosé like the French, but this rosé from Thorne Family’s Rio Vista Vineyards is absolutely delicious. I was introduced to this rosé from a Thorne family member who became a friend in a local mommy-and-me class. I ordered a bottle to sample, and I liked it so much that I ordered more! I love supporting local winemakers (we have a collection of California Cabernets from small, independent winemakers), so I encourage you to try this rosé if you live in California. You can shop and buy at this link.

Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial

Region: Champagne, France

Winemaker Notes: “Rosé Imperial displays a pink color with amber highlights. Lively and intense, the bouquet exudes red fruits (wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry) with floral nuances of rose and a slight hint of pepper. On the palate, the wine shows a juicy intensity of berries (strawberry, raspberry, red currant) rounded out by the fleshiness and firmness of peach and the freshness of a subtle note of mint.”

Maggie Notes: For the Champagne lover, you can’t go wrong with Moet & Chandon’s rosé. It’s the perfect accent to any elegant summer soiree (or just when you want Champagne!).

Do you know of a lovely rosé that didn’t make this list? Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram! I’m always ready to try a new rosé!

Brunch is better with rosé wine, especially Chateau Miraval!

And, while I have you thinking about wine, below are my favorite wine accessories – perfect for adding to your home wine bar or wrapping up for a gift!

My Favorite Wine Accessories:

Riedel O Wine Tumbler

We received these as a wedding gift, and we use them ALL the time. I love stemless glasses, because I worry less about potentially breaking them!

Marble Wine Chiller Bucket 

A fashionable way to keep your wine chilled after opening!

BrüMate Winesulator

BruMate makes taking wine to-go so much easier! Never drink a warm glass on the beach, at the park or while camping when you have this!

Personalized Bottle Wine Stopper Top

Maybe its the Southern in me, but I love all things monogrammed!

Custom Engraved Personalized California Champagne Saber

My favorite tradition at St. Regis hotels is their evening Champagne sabering ritual. Ever since staying at The St. Regis Bal Harbour, I’ve dreamed of hosting a fancy soiree where I kick off the evening sabering a bottle for friends. This engraved saber is super classy!

YETI Rambler 10 oz Wine Tumbler

You can’t beat the Yeti brand. It seems glass will always find a way to get knocked over and break when outside, so my anxiety level is way down when using these tumblers during our outdoor happy hours and BBQs.

Rabbit Bar Tools Classic Wing Corkscrew

We’ve yet to have an electric wine opener last longer than a couple of months, so we stick to the classic corkscrew. Rabbit is one of the most trusted wine accessory brands out there.

Cote des Roses is a perfect hostess gift because of its beautiful bottle!

I hope you have a beautiful summer filled with good times with family and friends – and rosé!

CHEERS!!!

XO, Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

My Favorite Spring Dresses and Accessories on Amazon

fashion, Lifestyle

I could not be more excited for spring! Here in Los Angeles, the weather is warming up and more businesses are starting to reopen now that coronavirus numbers are down. It feels like we may actually get to be social again this spring! I’m so looking forward to dressing up and seeing friends!

I don’t know about y’all, but I have a major shopping itch after a year of rarely going anywhere. I also was pregnant all of 2020, so I haven’t bought any new clothes in what feels like forever! We have a few trips planned this spring, and with Easter and some friends’ birthday celebrations coming up, its time to update my dress selection!

It’s often so challenging for me to go shopping with two little babies in tow, so I love the ease of shopping online – especially with Amazon Prime! I’m able to receive my packages in a couple of days and always have free returns and exchanges. All the reviews from other shoppers make picking outfits such a breeze, too. It helps getting insight from other customers on the fit and quality of each item.

Below are the beautiful spring dresses and accessories on Amazon that I’ve either already added to my cart or have my eye on for a future purchase. Scroll to the bottom to see me wearing dress #6 in my newborn photo shoot with Lucy!

My Favorite Spring Dresses on Amazon

Spring Dresses:

  1. VintageClothing Women’s Floral Maxi Dresses Boho Button Up Split Beach Party Dress
  2. Relipop Women’s Polka Dot Jumpsuits Deep V-Neck Long Sleeve Knot Front Ruffle Hem Floral Rompers
  3. Women Floral Mini Dress Sexy V Neck Ruffle Flutter Sleeve Smocked Summer Dresses
  4. Romwe Women’s Casual Floral Print Off Shoulder Trumpet Sleeve Swing Dress
  5. Romwe Women’s Cute Tie Back Ruffle Strap A Line Fit and Flare Flowy Short Dress
  6. Dokotoo Womens Square Neckline Long Sleeve Floral Print Mini Dress
  7. BELONGSCI Women’s Dress Sweet & Cute V-Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress Mini Dress
  8. MITILLY Women’s Summer Boho Polka Dot Sleeveless V Neck Swing Midi Dress with Pockets

My Favorite Spring Jewelry, Bags and Sandals on Amazon

Spring Accessories:

  1. Turandoss Dainty Adjustable Layering Choker Necklaces for Women
  2. Allen&Danmi Dangle Earrings Made with Woven Rattan for Women
  3. FUNRUN JEWELRY Rattan Tassel Earring for Women
  4. Miuco Womens Bamboo Handbag Handmade Large Tote Bag
  5. Handmade Wicker Woven Purse Handbag Circle Boho Bag Bali
  6. Sam Edelman Women’s Yaro Heeled Sandal
  7. Steve Madden Women’s Travel Flat Sandal
  8. Steve Madden Women’s Platform Sandal Wedge

I bought this Dokotoo Womens Square Neckline Long Sleeve Floral Print Mini Dress when I was in a bind right before my newborn photoshoot with Lucy. I was 2 weeks postpartum and none of the dresses I had originally planned to wear were properly fitting. Thankfully, Amazon Prime got this dress to me in two days! I think it worked out well – what about you?

XO, Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

My Daily Skincare Routine

Health & Wellness, Lifestyle
A couple of my favorite Drunk Elephant products

I’ve told y’all before how much I love Drunk Elephant, but that’s not all I use for my skincare routine. I have a few other products that have helped transform my skin from ongoing breakouts to a smooth, clear, bright complexion.

But, first, some background…

Throughout my adolescence, I took my good skin for granted. Thanks to my genetics, I had practically flawless skin and didn’t have to do much for it. I slept in makeup and didn’t put on sunscreen without much thought.

That all changed in my mid-20s when I moved to California… I started breaking out ALL. THE. TIME. I thought it was the dry weather or exposure to a new type of water here in California, but looking back, I think it a lot of it was hormones and stress. To this day, I’ve never been able to pinpoint exactly what caused the breakouts.

I was constantly embarrassed by my breakouts, always adding extra makeup to cover my blemishes and popped pimple scars, which often made them worse. I went to a dermatologist who only dried out my skin without stopping the breakouts. I went to an esthetician whose treatments were very costly and needed to be kept up every other week. I tried a wide range of pricey products that were recommended to me by friends and gorgeous Instagram influencers, and nothing worked.

Then, a couple years ago when I was in Sephora, one of the saleswomen recommended I try Drunk Elephant sunscreen. I did, and I loved it. I liked it so much that I went on a deep dive researching all the brand’s clean products and basically bought all of them to try. I started noticing results just after a couple weeks and stuck with it. I’m so delighted to share that I haven’t had one of my old breakouts in over 2 years! I knew it was working when someone asked me what I used on my skin to make it so smooth! After years of battling with my skin, it was the best feeling to have someone ask me that!

Today, I have a bit of melasma and sun damage, but I’m working to treat those, too. My skin is definitely not perfect, but this is the best I’ve felt in a very long time!

Below, I outlined my exact daily skincare routine for you to get an idea of how I use Drunk Elephant products, along with a few other brands. I need to add this disclaimer: The products I use in my routine may not work for you, just like all the MANY products I tried that others recommended to me… BUT, Drunk Elephant only uses clean ingredients (which means pregnancy and breastfeeding safe!) and they have cheaper trial sizes (called the “littles”), so I think it’s very worth trying!

Morning Skincare Routine:

  1. Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser and Bamboo Booster


I always wash my face before going to bed, so I rarely wash my face in the morning. If I do wash my face in the morning, I use a scoop of this butter cleanser. I use a couple other exfoliating products, so I rarely ever use the Bamboo Booster, because I don’t want to over-exfoliate. I feel like this cleanser melts away any leftover makeup or grime from the day before. It’s very gentle on my skin.

2. REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic


I put two pumps of this toner on a cotton pad and swipe all over my face (minus the eye area) first thing in the morning. This toner gently brightens and exfoliates. REN uses only clean ingredients, so there is no irritation. Once I added this product into my skincare routine, I noticed a significant difference in my skin being smoother and brighter!

3. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream


I love this Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream. I truly feel like it makes my eyes brighter – much needed for my lack of sleep with a baby and toddler! It also works as a great primer for my makeup.

4. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum


I learned several years ago the benefits of using a vitamin C serum to help heal blemishes and boost skin glow, but I couldn’t find one that I liked. Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma is very potent – “packed with powerful antioxidants, essential nutrients, fruit enzymes and a chronopeptide that all work together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin while improving the signs of photoaging.” It’s the only vitamin C serum I’ve tried where I’ve actually seen results.

5. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum


Prior to using this hydrating serum, I was consistently in search for the right daytime moisturizer. I could never find one that I liked to wear under makeup. I always felt greasy and like my makeup would fall off. This B-Hydra Serum is so light but also offers the perfect punch of moisture. I discovered that I need to add two pumps of this serum to properly hydrate my face while also using a couple of exfoliating products.

6. Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen


This is the product that introduced me to Drunk Elephant and spawned my DE obsession. It was important to me to have a sunscreen with Zinc but not make my complexion white. I’ve tried a couple other tinted zinc sunscreens, but what I like about this one is how it makes you GLOW and how easy it is to wear under makeup (or glow WITHOUT makeup!). I mix it with the product below for when I need even more glow if I’m applying self tanner to my body or want a sun-kissed look.

7. Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Antipollution Sunshine Serum


I mix the D-Bronzi with my sunscreen when I want an additional boost of bronze without the sun exposure. I don’t like to add my self-tanner to my face, so this is the perfect product to put on my to look like I’ve been on vacation. Bonus: It’s comprised of a mix of protective antioxidants to boosts skin’s defenses against pollution and environmental stressors. It’s like Vitamin D without the damaging exposure!

Nighttime Skincare Routine

  1. Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser


This cleanser is one of my top products from Drunk Elephant. It wasn’t until I started having breakouts that I realized my cleanser could be my biggest culprit for irritated skin. I had been using harsh cleansers that promised to solve breakouts, but then it dawned on me that most of them are designed for adolescent, hormonal skin! I’m in my 30’s, not 15 years old. This cleanser is so gentle and removes ALL my makeup from the day to prepare my skin for the next products I put on to create skin magic overnight.

2. Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum


Okay, I need to keep it real with y’all… This is my least fave DE product on this list. I think it does the job of hydrating my eyes, but that’s about it. I haven’t seen dramatic results of eliminating wrinkles, like it’s supposed to do, but maybe my wrinkles would be worse without using this… I’m honestly not sure. With that said, if you have an overnight eye serum that you recommend that helps with fine lines while hydrating, please tell me!!! In the meantime, use this to keep your eye area hydrated overnight.

3. Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

This retinol cream is potent – you know because of its yellow tint. Unfortunately, you can’t use while pregnant or breastfeeding, but I saw great results using it when I was able to use it. This retinol is wayyyy better than any I’ve tried and think it’s 100% worth its price tag!

4. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum


This is another one of my top products from Drunk Elephant, because it WORKS! The morning after my first use, I immediately noticed a smoother complexion – seriously! I’m going to be bold enough to say that I think it provides similar results to retinol! The glycolic acid exfoliates and helps resurface skin and for a clearer, smoother looking complexion. The best part is that I experienced no harsh side effects, like dryness or irritation, when mixed with the moisturizer below. I use this nightly now, because I’m breastfeeding and don’t want to use retinol. When I’m using the retinol, I do not use this product, because I think that’s too much exfoliation.

5. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream Replenishing Moisturizer


Drunk Elephant has two moisturizers: Lala Retro (this one) and Protini Polypeptide Cream. I’ve seen so many influencers recommend the Protini, but after trying both, Lala Retro is the moisturizer that works for me. It feels thicker and more moisturizing to me, which is needed in the dry California climate where I live and while using exfoliating products. I use this every single night, and I never wake up with dry, tight skin.

So, that wraps my current morning and night skincare routine. I’d love to know what products I may be missing that I could add to my routine… Please hit me up with your current faves! Comment below or connect with me on Instagram!

XO Maggie

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AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

Self-Care Amazon Finds

Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

Spring is upon us, and I’m definitely ready for a refresh! Since springtime is all about renewal, now is a perfect time to check-in with yourself and determine if you are getting the self-care you need to become the person you want to be.

Now, let’s talk self-care… Everyone says how important it is to incorporate self-care into your habits, but I think some people confuse self-care with self-maintenance. For me, sometimes the best self-care is a walk alone, writing in my journal or reading a good book rather than getting my nails done or wearing a face mask.

I know that I’m in desperate need of some self-care when I feel out of “flow.” I always felt like life had a flow to it, but I never knew how to identify and lean into it until I listened to Oprah Winfrey speaking about flow on her “Super Soul Sunday” podcast. Basically, every person’s life has a flow, or a frequency, with their name on it. Your flow is your inner voice, your life’s intention and purpose. When you’re out of flow, you don’t feel right. And, when you’re out of your flow, it’s your #1 job to figure out how to get back into your flow in order to take care of your wellbeing (and the wellbeing of those around you).

When I’m feeling out of flow, I practice self-care to get back to my true self. I take a long bubble bath to relax my mind; I spend time writing in my journal writing down all my worries and dreams; I get dressed and put on a full face of makeup in the morning even if I’m not going anywhere, because it makes me feel good (when you look good, you feel good). To do these things, I have to wait for the kids to go to bed or ask my husband to spend more time with them. But when I engage in self-care, I’m able to come back to center, feel more like myself, and continue on my FLOW.

Here’s some of my favorite self-care items that are easily found on Amazon! I put them in two categories – fun & flirty and sexy & sophisticated to fit your springtime mood… I think I’m a bit of both! Add a new candle, journal, silk pillowcase, or one of these other products to your cart to begin your self-care practice ASAP!

Fun and flirty self-care Amazon finds
  1. Silk Charmeuse Hair Scrunchy
  2. Pink Yeti Coffee Mug
  3. Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath
  4. Diptyque Mimosa Candle
  5. Slip Silk Sleep Mask, Pink
  6. Madison Park Duke Reversible Fur Throw, Blush
  7. Moleskine Cahier Journal, Persian Lilac
  8. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum 
  9. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
  10. Women’s Cross Band Soft Plush Fleece Pink Slippers
  11. Tahari Womens Sparkle Sherpa Warm Robe Bathrobe
  12. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
  13. Heritage Store Rosewater Facial Mist
Sexy & sophisticated self-care Amazon finds
  1. Diptyque Grey Feu de Bois Candle
  2. Canvas One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Journal
  3. High Waisted Yoga Pants with Pockets
  4. OPI Nail Polish, Funny Bunny
  5. Satin Hair Scrunchies
  6. Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin
  7. Women’s Cross Band Soft Plush Slippers, Beige
  8. White Yeti Rambler
  9. Dead Sea Salt Organic Body Scrub
  10. Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm
  11. Black Lightweight Short Robe
  12. Blue-Light Blocking Glasses
  13. Faux Fur Cheetah Print Throw Blanket 

I hope you all find some time to practice self-care soon. Let me know your fave self-care products or practices by connecting with me on Instagram!

XO Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

Best Nespresso Accessory Ever!

Home, Kitchen, Lifestyle
Nespresso coffee is my fuel for mornings with babies!

I’m a morning person… And morning people need their coffee! Especially if you’re a mom to a baby and toddler!

My husband gifted me a Nespresso machine a few years ago, and I have to admit that it was probably a better gift than a piece of fine jewelry. (Shhhh… don’t let him know! I still want fine jewelry! LOL!)

But, seriously, Nespresso is the gift that keeps giving EVERY MORNING.

I love how easy it is to make gourmet coffee and clean. And, I love all the yummy flavors!

My favorite flavor is the Intenso XL (because mama needs XL coffee with two babies!) and regular Intenso. I also really like Melozio and Caramel Cookie when I want an afternoon coffee or a fun flavor.

A few of my favorite things: A cup of Nespresso coffee, Intenso XL coffee pods, Diptyque candle, Chanel and Tom Ford coffee table books

But, what I’m here to share is the best Nespresso accessory that you need if you have a Nespresso machine — POD STORAGE!

EVERIE Crystal Tempered Glass Top Organizer Drawer Holder

We had a Nespresso machine for three years before I found the perfect glass top organizer drawer holder on Amazon. We used to throw our pods in a drawer, and even with drawer organizers, they never felt truly organized and they took up precious drawer space! This glass top organizer is perfect to go under the machine, and beautifully organizes all of our pods. I love that it fits with our modern, minimalist kitchen design.

My favorite part of every morning – Our Nespresso machine and coffee pod organizer!

And, for those of you in the market for a new coffee machine, Nespresso is the way to go for the best tasting coffee that’s so easy to make. We used to buy freshly ground beans and make a big pot of coffee every morning. That was lovely but started to feel like such a chore to make and clean… And, when having two little babies in the house, the last thing you want is another chore! Like, why am I counting spoonfuls of coffee grounds at 6 a.m. to make the perfect pot when a little baby just woke me up three times last night? GIVE… ME… COFFEE… NOW!!!

Here is the coffee machine my husband gave me:

Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker Bundle with Aeroccino Milk Frother 

I honestly only use the milk frother a couple times a year when I’m really craving a latte. I truly love the regular Nespresso coffee with some creamer or half-and-half.

If you really want to step-up your coffee game, here is a barista level Nespresso machine that could potentially be a 5-year anniversary gift from my husband (but I still want fine jewelry!):

Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee Espresso Machine

With the Creatista, you can level-up your coffee game by making fancy recipes for flat whites, cappuccinos, and latte macchiatos. You’ll never need to go to a Starbucks again!

XO Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.

My 10 Best Books of 2020

Lifestyle
“Winging It” by Emma Isaacs was one of my favorite books I read in 2020
I’ve always enjoyed reading but often found myself too busy with work, kids and social activities to get through more than a couple books a year. And, when I read, I like to READ! No audiobooks or e-readers. I want to physically turn the pages as I lounge in my bed, a large bubble bath, or pool chair. I want to highlight my favorite lines and dog-ear the pages that I want to go back and reread once I finish the book. I want to connect with that book and make it mine forever… (Gosh, I never knew I had such a love affair with books until writing that! LOL)

This past year of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders put a hard stop to my “too busy” excuse. My work slowed down, trips were cancelled and social activities came to a halt. That all sucked, of course, but I was able to read more again. If I didn’t have a toddler and newborn baby (goodbye sleep!), I’m certain I would have read even more!

I enjoy meaningful fiction, memoirs, self-improvement, and books that celebrate and empower today’s modern women. So, if any of those genres interest you, read on for my most recommended reads from my time in quarantine. The list is in the order that I read them.

The 10 best books I read during quarantine

The 10 Best Books I Read During Quarantine:

1. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals, a self-improvement book by Rachel Hollis


I found self-help guru Rachel Hollis in what I think was a backwards type of way. I think most people were fans of her Instagram first, then her books, then listened to her podcast, and then watched her Netflix special. I became her fan the complete opposite way around. My husband was on a conference trip and I was home alone for the first time since having baby Landon. I decided I’d watch the girliest thing I could find on Netflix that still had substance (no housewives or other reality shows)… Voila! Rachel Hollis’s “Made For More” special. This is no diss to Rachel, but from the Netflix description, I didn’t think my manly husband would be interested in watching a cute empowering lady dance on stage while inspiring women that they’re “made for more.” So, I watched it… And, Oh. My. God. I was crying. I LOVED Rachel Hollis! That Netflix special was the impetus to kickstarting a plan for achieving my life’s dreams. Then, reading her “Girl, Stop Apologizing” book provided me additional moments of self-reflection as well as tools to move forward in achieving those dreams. Rachel’s book taught me that I can always be thinking big and working toward big dreams, even while having a newborn, being a mom, working another job… There’s no excuse, really. I got a lot of valuable information from this book, but here are a couple of takeaways worth sharing that I dog-eared while reading:

1. The only thing standing between me and my new goal is the willingness to find time for it. It’s not whether or not I have the time, but whether this goal I have is so compelling, so beautiful, so necessary to my future happiness that I’m willing to trade my current comfort in order to achieve it (page 23). If I can’t commit the time in my schedule to becoming the person that I want to be, what am I even doing here? (page 25)

2. CONFIDENCE is a skill. And, we don’t need to apologize for it. A key part of confidence is how you look, and it only matters if YOU like the way you look, not from you looking any certain way. This felt important to me, because I’d already been working from home for over a year prior to COVID quarantine, and I was letting my daily appearance slip. I actually didn’t think it mattered much since many people never see me at home every day. And, according to some beauty influencers, I was actually doing the best thing possible for my skin by not slathering a bunch of makeup on every day. But, what’s very real is that WHEN YOU LOOK GOOD, YOU FEEL GOOD, AND WHEN YOU FEEL GOOD… YOU DO GOOD WORK! (pages 168-175). Now, I try to put on a little mascara every day and not look so homeless haha.

2. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, a self-improvement book by Steven Pressfield


This book was a much-needed wakeup call for why there are certain things in my life that I was struggling to get accomplished. This was a good book to read right after Rachel Hollis’s “Girl, Stop Apologizing,” because it sort of connected the two. This book is not just for artists. It’s for everyone. The WAR of art is resistance. And, resistance is fear. We all struggle with some resistance in our life. This book is a great guide to getting past that resistance and start doing the work you were put on this Earth to accomplish. This is a very quick read, so anyone and everyone should read it.

3. Little Fires Everywhere, a novel by Celeste Ng


This book was a fun read, because the setting and many of the characters reminded me of movies from the 90s while the story followed high school kids around in their day-to-day life. It was “10 Things I Hate About You” but with more substance, because the book also examined clashes between social, race and economic differences. The book follows three different mother-child relationships, and it really had me thinking a lot about what it means to be a good mother. Consider this scenario: Two families want the same Asian child and both can offer unconditional love. Is it better for the white, well-off family to adopt the child because they can provide everything the child will need for success, or is it better for the natural mother to raise the child, even though she can hardly pay her bills and may be considered “unfit” as a mom? Read to decide for yourself!

4. American Dirt, a novel by Jeanine Cummmins


This book had me hooked from the first page. Not only was this novel a page-turner, it was a very relevant read while following the trials of a Mexican immigrant woman and her young son fleeing Mexico’s violence for a safer life in the U.S. – all while being romantically pursued by a top drug lord. This book received a lot of praise but tons of criticism, as it was written by a white woman and many felt the main characters were not true representations of real immigrants and drug lords (the book’s immigrant was middle class and the drug lord was sophisticated and romantic). I can certainly see this misrepresentation being a problem and understand why critics are concerned that American readers may assume the book is loosely based on a true story. But, I know that this book is fiction. And, for me, it was helpful reading the book from the immigrant’s middle class perspective, because her journey was more relatable to me. I was able to get on her level throughout the whole book and understand her thinking. It helped me understand what ALL immigrants go through to get to a better life by reflecting on my own life. With that said, I understand most immigrants are poor, come from horrible backgrounds and abusive husbands, and their stories are important to be told. So, I’d love for there to be more books on this topic that also receive as much press attention and praise as “American Dirt.” If you have any curiosity about the Americas’ immigration crisis and also enjoy a thrilling romance novel, I recommend this book. Hopefully, we’ll see more novels on this subject.

5. Untamed, a memoir by Glennon Doyle


I think every woman should read this book, as it brings a lot of self-reflection while uncovering what it means to be female in today’s society. Doyle’s “Untamed” follows the notion that every woman has been caged in some way, whether by our patriarchal society, silent misogyny, her appearance, her sex preference, fear of judgement, her mental disorder, etc. As humans, it is our instinct to live free, uncaged lives, like animals. That feeling we have that something’s not right and we’re being held back is not us being disobedient, bad or strange – it’s that we’re being restricted from being our true selves.

The two most important ideas I took away from “Untamed” were this:
1. You don’t start living a beautiful, fulfilled life until you let go of others expectations. No one has lived your life before, so stop trying to follow someone else’s roadmap.
2. You’re not supposed to be happy all the time. You’re supposed to FEEL EVERYTHING. Stop trying to protect yourself from feeling the hard stuff. Some of my most profound moments of insight, self-discovery and Knowing have come during or after grieving or suffering.

6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, a self-improvement and leadership book by Brene Brown


I love Brene Brown, and her book about the importance of vulnerability was a homerun for me. I’ve always had lots of feelings (LOL) and enjoy connecting and sharing with others. So, reading this book was a relief and a greenlight for me to continue being myself without guilt or worry. I especially enjoyed the section about shame. We all feel shame. Opening up, verbalizing and understanding your shame is the key to releasing yourself from shame. I also loved that she highlighted the importance of being vulnerable for our children. They can only be what they see, so be a role model and be brave enough to be vulnerable.

7. The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, Christian literature by Mark Batterson


Since we couldn’t attend church during Covid, I was craving a good book to reconnect to my faith and stir some spiritual reflection. This book wasn’t perfect – it was quite repetitive and sometimes felt a little cheesy. I probably wouldn’t recommend it if you are at the beginning of your faith journey, because it might seem a little too “woo-woo” for skeptics. But, if you are like me, and you attended church growing up and have some familiarity with Christianity, I would recommend it to reignite your prayers. I had gotten in the habit of praying for simple acts of help from God, like “Please help me do this… Please help heal him… Please help here and please help there…”. I realized with these small requests that I was limiting God’s potential to do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. This book reminded me that He is ALMIGHTY God, and can do ALL things. I used to feel embarrassed to ask God to answer my big prayers, because I thought, “Who am I to ask for such a big thing when there’s so much suffering in the world? Surely God should take care of the REAL needs first.” But I was reminded that God wants to answer all your prayers of need and want. He’s probably offended that you doubt his ability to answer them! He put that prayer on your heart for a reason. Pray for it and pray hard. If you’ve been neglecting prayer or need a push to pray bigger, I recommend this read.

8. The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life, a health and self-help book by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi


I found this book interesting but not as revolutionary as I was hoping for. I’ve been on a new health journey for the last several years, and there really weren’t many ideas in this book that I hadn’t heard before. For your best immunity possible, Chopra and Rudolph challenge readers to start thinking of their health with a whole-system approach, or the “bodymind,” which is summarized as this: “body and mind are one domain, and every organ, tissue, and cell works toward the same goal: sustaining life.” This is an approach I’ve personally been working on for the last few years, so it wasn’t major news to me. What I did like, though, was all the scientific research that Chopra and Rudolph included in this book and how they emphasized how important it is for modern medicine to accept this whole-system approach and stop treating ailments as separate from the rest of the body and mind. What I ultimately got from the book is that I am responsible for supercharging my immunity to lead to a longer, healthier life, and to do that, I need to become the most whole person possible. I need to love more, connect more, continue my education, move more, strengthen my spirituality, stress less, and make a conscious effort to eat healthy. For those looking to kick-start their mind-body health journey, there was a great, easy-to-follow 7-day plan toward the back of the book.

9. Winging It: Stop Thinking, Start Doing: Why Action Beats Planning Every Time, a nonfiction business book by Emma Isaacs


Attention all working women (or any woman with a dream): Read this book! Even if you are not an entrepreneur, like Isaacs, this book has so many wonderful tips for women to follow their dreams and career goals. The book’s concept follows the idea that we’re all just “winging it.” Everybody. Do you think Steve Jobs knew how to run one of the world’s largest computer and consumer product companies before he did? No. He figured it out as he went. Don’t wait until you have all the experience, the right timing, all the money, or perfect people around you. You know that thing you’ve always wanted to do? Stop giving excuses for why you haven’t done it, and start doing it! Isaacs’s book provides advice and the confidence boost you need to get started and “wing it!”

10. Greenlights, a memoir by Matthew McConaughey


As a fellow Texan and UT Longhorn, I’ve always been a big McConaughey fan. And, let’s be real, he was my celebrity crush for a long time, too. For the last couple of years, I’ve been impressed by his publicized desire to make a difference in areas of life that are important to him and his attempt to inspire others to do the same. I was interested in this book with all the press hype built up around it, but honestly did not expect to love it as much as I did. I think I read this book faster than any other book on this list. Not only has McConaughey lived a very fascinating life that’s detailed throughout this book, he shows us how to truly LIVE – make the mistakes, follow your intuition, don’t apologize for who you are, and make a conscious effort to make a difference in this world. Just keep livin’…

Now that I’m back on my book reading train, I don’t want to get off! Please send me your favorite books, so I can add them to my reading list. Email me at maggieholmesjackson at gmail dot com or connect on Instagram.

XO Maggie

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of this post contains affiliate links for the products I use and LOVE. If you take action on these links (like clicking, buying, etc.), I may receive compensation at no cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll only recommend what I truly love.