This blog isn’t your typical “mommy blog” or “beauty blog”—much like me at the moment, it’s a hybrid of something in between. There are plenty of blogs out there that will discuss baby-led weaning, the best diapers for sensitive skin and all the other issues that come with raising a child. When I first had my son, I was completely overwhelmed, not only by the idea of taking care of a newborn 24/7, but also trying to find myself again in my “new normal.” It wasn’t too long ago that my biggest concern was uncovering the latest celebrity trends on the red carpet and the runways. I was a full-time beauty editor working for two publications–and I loved it. Fast forward a couple of years and I now find myself knee-deep in toddler speak, nursery rhymes and a never-ending game a peek-a-boo. That’s right, after having my first son in 2016, I decided to leave behind my career as a beauty editor and become a SAHM. And while I wouldn’t change my decision for anything in the world, adjusting to my new lifestyle wasn’t easy, especially for a product junkie like myself. During my early post-partum days, I was desperate to find some sort of outlet that catered to moms looking to get back into the swing of things. I know plenty of moms that seem to “do it all”–they take care of their little ones, maintain their home, stay in shape, etc. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much luck with my search. Most of the blogs I was interested in focused elaborate, costly and time-consuming beauty regimes that in no way could fit my new mommy lifestyle, while many of the “mommy blogs” out there strictly concentrated on all things baby. Sure, I love my son and want to know everything I possibly can to give him the best life possible, but I also know that it’s just as important to take care of me. And so, the idea for Pretty Persuasions was born. My ultimate goal? To create an outlet that features tried-and-true tips, tricks and advice for feeling your best even during the “not-so-pretty” moments of motherhood. Hopefully, I can help at least one new mama out there adjust to life after pregnancy–and look good while doing it! Happy reading!