Why you need a serum & some of my favorites

Why you need a serum & some of my favorites

As a dry skinned girl, I have historically been pretty good about using moisturizer on my face and body, but I haven’t always been diligent about applying serums. In the past, using a serum just seemed like an unnecessary (and pricey) step in my skincare routine, but I got really into skin care a few years ago and, through much research, I was finally convinced that I needed a good serum (or six) in my life. Serums contain a high concentration of active ingredients (sometimes as much as 70%) making them highly effective, and they even...

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May 2016 Favorites

May 2016 Favorites

Please note: This is not a sponsored post, but the foundation was sent to me for consideration. As always, any reviews reflect my own true opinions.   Hi! May was a very busy month for me between the kids, kitchen renovations, and an awesome mini-vacation to Savannah which is why I didn’t get the opportunity to post as often as I would have liked.  I’m hoping that June isn’t quite as hectic, and I can get back on a better posting schedule. Last month, I didn’t have a ton of favorites, but this month, I...

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{Part 2} Greening Your Man: Product thoughts & recommendations

{Part 2} Greening Your Man: Product thoughts & recommendations

Hi there! The last time that I checked in on this topic was all the way back in February.  Since then, I’ve successfully switched over all of my husband’s personal care products to healthier options. Before I get into the products/brands that I selected, I do want to point out that, in most cases, there are healthier alternatives out there, but I wanted to start him off gradually without using anything too “earthy”.  Luckily, there are some more mainstream brands, such as Tom’s of Maine, that are safer and a bit...

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April 2016 Favorites

April 2016 Favorites

Please note: This is not a sponsored post.  As always, these are my own honest opinions.   I don’t have a ton of favorites this month because, quite honestly, I’ve still been enjoying the things from the two previous months (see February & March).  Regardless, I do have a good variety with food, accessories, and beauty being among the chosen ones. Let’s get to it! The Oh She Glows Cookbook I don’t know why on earth it took me so long to get this cookbook, especially since I’ve been a fan of...

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A beginner’s guide to green beauty

A beginner’s guide to green beauty

Hi there! I have been getting a lot of emails lately from women who want to know where to start when it comes to adopting a cleaner beauty routine.  This is actually a topic that I’ve covered here and there in the past, but now that I’ve been fully immersed in the green beauty world for awhile, I feel that I have even more (and better) tips to offer on the subject- though I am certainly not an expert and there’s always more to learn.    1.  Do your research. While you can totally get into reading about the science...

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Flattering Blush Recommendations (Cream & Powder)

Flattering Blush Recommendations (Cream & Powder)

When it comes to beauty, most of us have our vices.  I’ve known women who have enough nail polishes to open their own salon.  I have a friend who is on a quest for the most perfect brows, so she owns nearly every brow powder, pencil, stencil, gel, and wax on the market.  And I’ve watched beauty gurus on YouTube who have enough foundations to cover themselves from head to toe for ten years without ever having to replenish their stock. I have two major beauty weaknesses: lip products and blushes. I’m definitely the woman who...

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One beauty & health food you’re probably not eating

One beauty & health food you’re probably not eating

(Please note: This post contains some affiliate links.)   Did you know that you can eat the seeds of apricots? Up until about two months ago, I certainly didn’t have a clue.  I just happened to find out about them when I was searching Vitacost for some snack food ideas.  The reviews were all so glowing that I figured I’d take a gamble and order them, but it wasn’t until later that I learned about their powerful benefits. These little babies are so powerful, in fact, that it is recommended that you only consume 2-4 of...

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March 2016 Favorites

March 2016 Favorites

(Please note: This is not a sponsored post, but it does contain some affiliate links.)   I didn’t have to step back to come up with my standout favorites from the month of March because they were just so insanely obvious.  In fact,  I reached for all of these things on a daily basis with the exception of the face scrub, and you’ll read why in a minute. It was definitely a good month for new discoveries. Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet I received this product (not shown above) as a free sample with...

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Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#6)

Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#6)

I am doing an empties post today, so I can finally toss these containers into our recycling bin. It always feels so weird to hang onto empty packages and bottles for so long, but let’s face it, bloggers do a lot of weird things. Activated Charcoal Every so often, I like to take activated charcoal to rid my body of toxins (consult your physician before deciding to do this yourself).  I also break open the capsules and use the powder to scrub my teeth because it naturally whitens them.  If you’d like to see a more in-depth post...

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Whole Foods Beauty Week & a Giveaway

Whole Foods Beauty Week & a Giveaway

As a mom of three small children, a vacation getaway is kind of out of the question. While I’d love to fly off to Maui with my husband on a whim (not that we ever did that pre-kids), I have to clear my head on a smaller scale a bit closer to home these days. One of my very favorite places to get some much needed “me time” is at Whole Foods.  It is basically my happy place, and I often refer to it as my mother ship. In the past, I would easily spend hours just browsing the food options and hitting up their famous hot bar, but...

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