LOVE Your Mother On Mother’s Day! By My Sister Natalie Bolton

She.
She is.
She is beautiful.
She is life.

This is a “skincare” blog, yes. But my work would be insignificant if I didn’t address the things that matter to me most. And those things are Spirit, Health, Family, Character, and Love. By cultivating and nurturing these things in others, external vibrant beauty for my clients is the easy part.
So this “beauty” blog today is dedicated to women.

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Mothers.
Goddess Warriors.
Protectors.
Visionaries.
Lovers.
And the Doers.

Mother’s Day is approaching this weekend and we all have different feelings and different experiences and reactions when we think of this day.
For some it causes pain. For others it brings forth gratitude. And for many it brings about anger and a sense of feeling motherless.

But we are in this together. We are all connected.

Let us celebrate the women who have poured into us strength of character, wisdom, and love. Personally, if it weren’t for my mother I don’t know how actually broken I would be.
If you are a woman, you are a mother. You may not have children walking around, playing, or asking you for advice, but you are a creator. We are all creators. Cherish and keep on incubating your dreams, visions, and beauty only you can give us. We need you.

If you can no longer call your mom to just say, “Hey” take a bit of comfort in knowing that woven into your beauty are fibers of her greatness. She is in you and she is with you.
To all the prayin’ mommas out there, “Thank You!” Today we celebrate your greatness. We delight in your power and strength. And all the beauty you pour into the world we want you to know that it flows from your heart and glistens through your skin. You are exquisite and you are Divine.”

The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.

“Cheers, pretty mommas!”

And as always, if you have any questions regarding skincare or would like to book an appointment you can email me at: natalie@beautyboutiquela.comor call (818) 506-6400.

 

With all my gratitude,

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Natalie Bolton, L.E.

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MY LATEST KITCHEN OBSESSION: Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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Hey Sistas!

As you know- because I’ve mentioned it a million times- I’m a diehard coffee connoisseur. So is my hubby!  We love just about every which way you can make coffee from iced lattes to espresso shots to flavored lattes. We were thrilled when we got the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio which makes all of those and much more. Often, we need to make just a single cup rather than brew a pot of coffee that goes to waste.  The Genio has transformed our morning routine and Aaron, being an Aussie (much like Europeans)  loves his afternoon coffee.  He loves being able to make a coffee shop quality latte without actually having to drive there.

Did I mention how cost effective it is as well? A typical coffee shop latte runs around $4-$5 these days. You could make 3-4 at home at that cost with the Genio. You know I am all about getting a bang for your buck. Plus, it’s compact and fits easily in even the smallest kitchens unlike so many coffee machines.

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Check out this fun video for more details on the Dolce Gusto Genio! 

If your mom is a coffee lover, this is a great Mother’s Day gift idea. Remember, it’s around the corner on May 8th.

(1) Bed Bath & Beyond has an online promo for 20% off machines now through 5/8
(2) Amazon will have a 20% off promotion on machines 4/22 – 5/5

 

Love & Lattes,

Tiff 

 

 

 

CELEBRATING ALL TYPES OF MAMAS TODAY!

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Along with all you beautiful mother’s, I want to wish ALL of you women who- like me- may not have bore your own children, but you mentor, mold, nurture, build up & care for children who may not have a mom or role model.

Our lives may look different than other women’s, but just know that God’s Plan & Purpose for you is equally important. Never ever feel ‘less than’ for not having your own biological children. If today is a tough day for you because you feel your dream of motherhood wasn’t fulfilled, I encourage you to focus on a new dream and see the calling God has placed on your life complete with the time, attention and opportunity to give your love to youth who need you.

As I approached my mid-30’s, the clock was ticking and felt the panic. I had several friends who were going through the fertility journey and IVF, but did I really want a baby so desperately to go through all that? Throughout my 20’s, I never felt that deep urge to have a baby because I was such a broken girl. I always said, “I’m not going to be a screwed up mom raising screwed up kids”. Then I married an amazing man who would be an amazing daddy. If he really wanted to be a father, I wanted to give him that. For about 6 months, I tried the Chinese herbs, acupuncture and stopped drinking wine. I began visualizing wanting a baby girl and created a vision board all about family. But…

Did we really want this or were we more concerned with what our family and peers thought?

Aaron and I prayed about it long and hard then felt it was not God’s Plan for us to have our own children. Soon after we surrendered and felt at peace with this Plan, the door opened for me to mentor some very deserving and hurting teenage girls. We also started our work in the orphanage in Africa. I love how God works! It’s truly one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and also the hardest. It gives me even greater respect for mom’s!

Be open.

Share your heart.

Seek out people (it doesn’t just have to be kids) who need what you have to give.

Pray about it.

Let God use you.

WE ARE ALL MAMAS.

Love, Tiff

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: My All Time Favorite Summer Must Haves (Video)

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Tribal Tassel bag from Target

From the beach, pool party, BBQ or vacay, you will be set for Summer with these 25 items! Although the video is a repeat , the items are all still super hot and here’s a list of more current styles I’m loving: 

  1. Panama Hat from  J. CREW
  2. Bendable Floppy Hat by SAN DIEGO HAT CO
  3. Lightweight Scarf. Love this one at NORDSTROM
  4. Dangle Earrings. Great selection at TARGET
  5. Chunky Colorful Beaded Necklace. Great selection at TARGET
  6. Bangles. TORY BURCH has great styles.
  7. Crochet Pieces like this beautiful DVF dress.
  8. Flowy Tanks. Love this tribal print tank from NORDSTROM. 
  9. Denim Chambray Shirt. This one by J. CREW is perfection.
  10. Maxi Skirt. ANTHROPOLOGIE has beautiful styles.
  11. Nautical Striped Tube or Tank from H&M
  12. Caftan or Tunic Swimsuit Cover Up. Great styles at NORDSTROM.
  13. Solid Color Swimsuit like this one from J. CREW
  14. Romper. Cute style from MICHAEL KORS
  15. Maxi Sundress. Lots of cute ones at FOREVER 21
  16. Bold Floral Prints. Super cute dress by ASOS 
  17. Capri Cargo Pant. Great style at MACY’S 
  18. White Jeans. Love mine from H&M
  19. Flowy Linen Pant. Chic Palazzo styles at ZARA
  20. Wristlet. Love the little Gucci styles at NEIMAN MARCUS
  21. Tribal Print Bag. Love the backpack styles at TARGET 
  22. Brown Leather Belt. Great election at NORDSTROM
  23. Nude Patent Wedge. These by JIMMY CHOO are gorgeous & timeless.
  24. High Heel Flip Flops. ALDO has the best selection.
  25. Sunglasses. Love my new aviators from DVF.

What’s YOUR favorite Summer must have?

Also, wishing all you SOS Mom’s a beautifully blessed Mother’s Day weekend!

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MOMS! Not All Superheroes Wear Capes!

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Today is that special day to appreciate and honor our Mom’s for everything she does for us. If I tried to list off every way my Mom selflessly pours into my life- it would take up the entire WordPress blog capability for data. But, the one thing I am most thankful for today is for my Mom imparting belief, integrity and Faith into me through scripture & prayer. Of course, as a child- we do not fully understand the power that a Praying Mama has over our life. As an adult, I look back and see many examples of how her prayer kept me safe and protected. In the midst of my poor choices and my back turned away from God, I now know that He kept His Hand of Protection over me because of her.

My Mom has been the Spiritual Superhero of our family! She is always ready to leap tall problems with a single prayer or rejoice in our victories like the world’s greatest cheerleader. She listens intently to my sister and I, without judgement, when we just need to vent. Her phone is always on and she is never too busy when her family is in need. I cannot think of a time when she wasn’t there for us and my sis and I can be a handful- sort of like the oversized Sonic cups in the photo below…  Just sayin’. 

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{My sis Natalie & I with our Mom last month doing our fave thing together- Thrift Shopping} 

I’m so grateful for the example she set. She always woke up at least an hour before us to arm herself for the day with Bible reading and coffee. So, she was able to help us start our day in a place of peace as well. There was never that chaotic, loud morning rush in our house and I so appreciate her instilling that in my sister and I. We both have a diligent morning prayer/meditation/reading/journaling practice which I now teach to women around the world. If you have transformed the way you start your day because of my guidance- you can thank my Mama! 

It’s not ironic that her name is Rochelle which means “little rock” in French, but she’s is lovingly referred to as ROCKI. She’s a true Fighter and Superhero. Despite her difficult childhood, she always did her best to ensure we had a different experience. We always had what we needed and felt cherished & loved. She also taught us girls that we could be or do anything we dreamed of! I really don’t know how she worked a full-time job, took care of a household (without a housekeeper) and always had the time to be present with us….

SUPERHERO. 

Now that I’m married, I’m blessed with 2 Spiritual Superhero Mom’s. My Mother-In-Law is also the rock of her family and although she is on the other side of the world in Australia- we feel the effects of her prayers in our life. Her name is RUTH, which is also the name of one of my favorite women in the Bible. Ruth’s name means “friend of God”… so appropriate. Our generation, our family- is truly blessed because of our 2 praying Matriarch’s.

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{My sister-in-law Daniella (also an amazing Mama of my 2 handsome nephews) & I with our lovely Mum, Ruth- at our wedding reception in AU}

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 Today- as we think of all the titles our Mom’s wore from kisser of booboo’s to master chef to even our first hairstylist- let’s appreciate the Superhero she really is and to all of you SOS Sistas who are Mom’s- we celebrate YOU today. 

Rocki & Ruth- we love you!

Xoxo, Tiff 

 

 

MOM’S ROCK!

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Honoring all of you beautiful Mother’s today!

As you look at your children smile and laugh today, revel in your amazing accomplishment.  Enjoy the day because YOU ROCK!  I am where I am today because of my Mama’s consistent prayers, love, example, belief and support.  She always told my sister and I we could do and be whatever we dreamed of!   I’m so grateful for her.  They say your mom is your very first friend then my baby sister came along 4 1/2 years later.  No matter what girlfriends come in and out of your life– family is the foundation of our lives.

She is WOMAN.
She is Mother. Daughter. Wife. Sister.
She is a Person.
She is Strong, Smart, Crafty.
She is Passionate, Courageous, Generous.
Cooking barefoot is only one of several superpowers.
She is Action, Emotion, Devotion.
She has Hope, Beauty, Power.
She has a Brain and she knows how to use it.
She Gives You LIFE.
She gives you RESPECT, LOVE, GRATITUDE.
She believes in you.
She will nurture you, fight for you.
She deserves nothing less from you.

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{Southern girls loving quality time in the kitchen! With my mom, Rocki- and sister, Natalie}

 

I also wanted to share this wonderful Wholehearted Living Parenting Manifesto” from Brene Brown.   Download for FREE on her site!  It’s beautiful– not only for families, but for any groups or mentoring situations.  Be blessed! 

Love, Tiff

 

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Hey Moms…A GIFT FOR YOU! {Chic Peek Jewelry Giveaway}

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To show my appreciation for all of you fabulous Moms on the SOS Community, I teamed up with my favorite new online jewelry boutique CHIC PEEK to give (3) of you a one month free membership to their site which entitles you to one piece of FREE jewelry!  WOOHOO!  You will love their stuff as much as I do.  No matter what your jewelry obsession is– earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings– there is something for everyone!

Take a peek…at Chic Peek:

TO ENTER:

  1. Click like to the SOS Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryofstyle
  2. Click like to the Chic Peek FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChicPeek
  3. Comment on the Chic Peek FB Page and let us know what your favorite item of jewelry is!  (Hoop earrings, pearl necklace, bangle bracelets, etc)

GOOD LUCK!  The (3) winners will be announced on the evening of Mother’s Day- on the SOS Facebook Page.  You do not have to be a Mom to enter.   Tell all your friends about this special giveaway… unless you want to be greedy and increase your own chances to win!  JK~

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Walk Tall + Spread a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go Sistas!

Love, Tiff