5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

And just like that, we blink and November is here. With a baby on the way, Patrick and I have been seriously nesting at home, preparing for baby Milyo’s arrival and getting ready for our last holiday season as a family of two. As we wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought I’d ring in November with a few things I’ve been loving lately.

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

1. MaraNatha Peanut Butter — I've heard from a lot of girl mamas that a BIG sweet tooth is a tell tale sign of having a girl.  Well, I've had a sweet tooth my entire life, and all of sudden sweets have become less interesting.  Over the last few months I've enjoyed sour, spicy, and my fair share of Mexican food.  While my normal sweet tooth has been dormant, my love of peanut butter has not.  There's something undeniable about this protein packed comfort food, and MaraNatha understands blending spicy and sweet perfectly.  

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2. Tom’s Lavender Tea Tree Beauty Bar Soap — While many people lean towards body scrubs and washes, I love a good old fashioned bar of soap.  Tom’s Lavender Tea Tree soap is my current favorite. Not only does it smell amazing, but it’s also nourishing my skin without stripping its natural moisture. Bonus, it’s full of whole, natural ingredients that I feel good about.

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3. 123FRE Set — When you sweat for a living, maintaining good skin practices can be a challenge. Finally, there’s a skincare line that keeps sweaty sisters in mind. Fre’s skincare set fights the three major skin problems for those that sweat often — breakouts, dehydration and aging. Bonus, this set comes in a nifty little travel pouch perfect for your gym bag!  Use code: carlymcooley15 to save 15% on your purchase. 

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4. Super Herb Tea — Made especially for moms, this tea is designed to help balance your hormones and support healthy breast milk production. I still have a few months before I’ll begin breastfeeding, but I’m already stocking up on things I will need  when my little peanut arrives! P.S. It also has a hint of cinnamon, which I love.

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5. Pea in the Pod — I used to fear maternity clothes would just make my feel dumpy, but so much has changed! More and more designers are curating maternity clothes with a fashionable fit, and I’ve found happiness with my bump at Pea in the Pod. This Motherhood Maternity top is inexpensive and comfortable; in fact, I bought it in a few different colors.  Pea in the Pod website says it best: “Gone are the days of bulky, boxy tops and shapeless dresses.” Amen to that!

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What are your top picks for November? Let me know in the comments!

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!