Friday, April 21, 2017

Self Care Routine with Vitabath

*This is not an affiliate link. I received free products in exchange for this post.
All thoughts are my own.*


This week has been one of those trying weeks for me. As soon as my eyes open in the morning I begin thinking of all the things that are bringing me stress. I'm filled with worry and anxiety and because of this I feel frazzled and at a loss for concentration. I feel like i've hit a wall. Give me all the sweat pants and naps. But instead of breaking down and staying in this little funk of a place i've been in i'm learning how to unwind and de-stress in order for a clearer mind and better health; both physically and mentally.


I start the morning off by laying in bed and quietly praying to God. I pray for the safety of my loved ones and I pray for him to show me the way to deal with the things on my heart. I pray to become the person he wants me to be.

Once I get up I throw on some sweats and a tee, I brush my teeth, throw my hair in a bun and put my wedding set on then I stop by my son's room to begin waking him up (he's a heavy sleeper just like his mama). Next I go downstairs and start making my son's lunch and my coffee in the quietness of the morning.

While my son showers I always read my She Reads Truth daily devotional while i'm drinking my coffee. It always gives me a sense of calm in the morning.

After I take my son to school, I come home and shower with some of my favorite products including Vitabath's body wash. They were so kind to send me a package filled with body washes that smell amazing and are super hydrating because they are loaded with vitamin benefits and natural oils and best of all, they're non-irritant.


I like to pick a scent of the day so there are no less than 20 products in my shower. My favorite is the Vanilla Bourbon. Somedays I feel the need for a little stress relief so the Spearmint and Thyme is what I grab. No matter what scent you pick you can't go wrong.

I love to do my hair and make up, too even if i'm only going to be home cleaning house and blogging because it always gives me a little boost and makes me feel so much better. Plus, who doesn't like feeling pretty?

After I do all that, I like to make out a "to do" list for the day. Starting my day by writing out everything that I need to get done and what's on my mind really sets the tone of the day. I'm a huge believer in getting things out of my head that's why I like to do a brain dump, too. A brain dump is where you write down everything on your mind. It can be such a relief to just clear your mind of clutter. Some of the things on the brain dump might be significant, others might just be enough to write them down and forget them.

Then I do a little housework and dinner preparation. Anyone who has a home occupied by people knows this is a never ending job. If you know how to keep a house clean for more than 10 minutes you are my hero and I need your tips.

After that I like to sit outside in the sunshine with an inspirational book or my lap top and read blog posts from other fellow bloggers. I'm learning to disconnect from all electronics for a while and just soak up all the sunshine and life around me.

After I get my son from school, we play outside at my parent's house for a couple hours, come home, cook dinner, clean some more then it's family time followed by time to relax before bed. Which sometimes means a bubble bath with my favorite Vitabath products.


If you are in need of wonderful products that smell good and are good to your skin then run to Vitabath's website. Vitabath is also sold at Ulta, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens as well as other various boutiques and pharmacies.

Do you un-wind with Vitabath? What's your favorite product?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

10 Minutes


*Sometimes life happens. Inspiration just isn't there and I simply feel overwhelmed. I've been feeling this way lately. I can't seem to find the focus to get the words out so I sat down with my lap top the other day and set a timer for 10 minutes. The words below are what came of that. They may not make sense to anyone else but that's okay. My hope is to inspire you when you feel un-inspired and overwhelmed. Sit down, write the words. Everything may be messy but that's the beauty in it. The words, the heart, the hair-it's all messy and that's okay. There's beauty in the mess. Embrace it.*


I'm a huge believer in taking time to take care of yourself. I hear women often say "I just don't have the time to take care of myself" and it makes me want to grab them and run to the nearest nail salon for mani/pedis then stop off at a coffee shop on the way home to enjoy some coffee and conversation. It's not that we don't have the time, it's that we don't make the time. Maybe it sounds silly to write "Me time" on our calendars but it's something that is necessary because how can you take care of anyone else if you are ragged and worn out? In order to do anything efficently you have to be in the best shape; mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually that you can.

We all wear many hats; we're chaueffeurs, cooks, nurses, cheerleaders-you name it, we do it and sometimes it gets exhausting. I know. I've been there many times and lately i've been there again. It's not that life isn't great, mine is honestly the best it's ever been. I'm married to my best friend, we have an amazing son, a sweet pup, a cozy home, groceries in our kitchen, air conditioning, running water. You name it, it's covered. Lately though i've been feeling a bit overwhelmed and it really has nothing to do with the things going on in my life but rather, the things that are in my mind. See, we're in the midst of building a home and our son will be starting high school next year. Those things give me anxiety, I won't lie but I still don't feel like that's to blame for my feelings lately. I feel detached. I feel un-inspired and i've been trying to figure out why then it came to me; i'm not taking care of my mind.

I'm great at taking "me time" but i'm not great at using that "me time" to empty my mind or even stop for a few minutes and let thoughts process. I feel like I have 3,000 tabs open in my brain at any given time. "What weekend did my husband say he has to work?" "Do I have everything in order for Dylan for high school?" "Did I e-mail the builder everything I needed to?" "Blog posts. Oh yeah, gotta work on blog posts." "Did I send so and so an e-mail back?" "Is everyone participating in my Birthday Cheer gift swap?" "Who has a birthday coming up?"
"What do I need to do for dinner tonight?" "Are all Alex's work clothes ironed?"

I haven't spent enough time getting prepared for this week so it's been exceptionally bad. I didn't make a meal plan. I didn't write my posts in my planner. I didn't add anything to my planner so when I start to think of all these things I get overwhelmed and plain exhausted. I'm not sure when it happened, or why we all feel the need to be June Cleaver meets Wonder Woman but it's not fulfilling and it certainly isn't helping anyone. So today I begrudginly went to Target (that's painful to even say) to grab toilet paper and a few other necessities that I over looked on yesterday's grocery shopping trip because without toilet paper, we'd be knocking on the neighbors door. And this morning I made a meal plan so there's no more waking up at 3 a.m. wondering what I should make for dinner that day. Yes, that's a true story.

Moral of the story, taking "me time" means so much more than running a bath with a bath bomb and a face mask or treating yourself to your favorite Starbucks drink. "Me Time" means taking care of your mind and soul, too. I started reading a book today that caught my eye at Target. I picked it up, flipped through it, sat it down, walked away and came back to it two more times before something in me said "put the lipstick back and buy the book." It's all about budgeting these days, y'all so I did what my heart (or maybe my mind) said to do and bought the book. It's a good for your soul kinda book. It inspires me and i've only read the intro. My mind needed this much more than it needed another lipstick. I need to clear my mind and focus on peace and happiness from within.

Do you practice taking care of your mind? If not, i'll share with you some of the ways i'm learning to. Read an inspiring book. Meditate, pray or do yoga. Make a fairy garden. Put together a gift basket for someone. Start an inspiration journal. Turn off the tv and listen to inspirational music. Listen to a podcast and be fully present, take notes. Grab a girlfriend for a coffee date. Lay out in the grass and watch the clouds go by. Whatever you do, take care of yourself; mind, body, soul and mind.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Welcome Home Linky Party #88


Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 88!!! I absolutely adore looking through your projects every single week and this week is no exception! We've been hanging out with y'all and sharing and loving all the goodies shared here!! Thank you ALL for coming back week after week!! We APPRECIATE y'all!!

Let's get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger... and we're so glad you're here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome... we love to see your amazing work around here! Don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we'll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST... and we'll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts... we would love to read them and share them with our friends!



 

Meet your Fabulous Hosts!

Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram
What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Peaches & Willow @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram

 

The Spotlight! That's right... Features!

These people were extra cool last week... so we're featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight...and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you've ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media... and leave us a little note so we know you're following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram... whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don't miss a beat!








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The Rules are there ain't no Rules!

We ain't your Mama... so we don't have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links!
2. We like to think we're super fancy... we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please!
3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media... then link back to the party with a text link... or our fabulous button!
4. Link to a specific post... not your home page! We want to see what you've been up to this week!
5. Our mama's taught us to share... that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please!
6. That's it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can't wait to see it!
7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites

 


6 Gals, 6 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 6 Amazing Blogs!





Want to come back next week? We'll send you a reminder... just put your email in the box!


Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we're sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot... the loot being your links! We can't wait to check out what you've left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future... we can't wait to show off what you've left!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Summer Skin Care with Coola

*This is not an affiliate link. I received free products in exchange for this post.
All thoughts are my own.*


Summertime is upon us. All sunshine all the time makes my heart happy. We spend so much time outdoors in the summer, especially at my parent's pool, so protection from the sun is super important to me for my family. When I received some products from Coola I was excited to learn that over 70% of their ingredients are made from only the freshest, most natural ingredients.

Coola is American made; based out of San Diego, California. Their products are made with sun science technology which means they are always changing. Instead of putting out a sunscreen and never changing their formula, they are always researching and developing new products. Because of this their products are limited. I love that this sun care line is ever changing to help protect me and my family from those harmful UVAs and other harmful pollutants. Another thing I love about this brand is that their sunscreens smell like a tropical paradise with flavors such as Mango, Pina Colada and Citrus Mimosa. There's even a scent free option if you prefer that. Coola has a fan for life with me!



Here's what I got in my Coola box.

Classic Sport SPF 50 Mango Moisturizer

This product is a dream come true for all of us ladies because it doubles as an anti-aging defense, too. It smells good, is SPF 50, protects against sun damage, balances skin tone and defends against anti aging. It's also water resistant for up to 80 minutes and made Farm To Face. This is a no brainer. I put it on my face before I put on my make up on days when I know i'll be outside a lot.



Mineral Liplux SPF 30 Nude Beach

When it comes to SPF lip care, Coola has you covered in their variety of summery colors that add a hint of color while protecting your lips. This is another one of those multi-tasking products because it helps with thinning, aging skin and protects against the sun. Made with 70% natural ingredients; Cupuacu Butter and Mongongo Oil and zinc oxide, it is also water resistant up to 80 minutes. I apply this under my lipstick on those days when i'm busy soaking up the sun and don't have to worry about getting burned lips.



ER Fresh Relief Face Serum

This product has become one of my holy grail products because it repairs a multitude of flaws caused my the environment. It's an anti-inflammatory moisturizer that nourishes damaged skin while protecting it from other harmful pollutants and sun. When I think about skin care, I don't think about the things in the environment that harm my skin. I always think dirt and make up but pollutants go far beyond that and this product cleans and protects from all of that. If I could only grab one skin care product to take with me to a deserted island this would be it. I use it on my face every night after I wash my face and every morning before I put on make up. It's the kind of product that younger me would have never looked at but me now will never live without it. If you are considering buying only one Coola product, let this be the one. I promise you won't regret it.


If you don't have a summer skin care routine then run to Coola and grab a couple things to throw in your beach bag.

What are your favorite products for getting your skin summer ready?























Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Welcome Home Wednesday Linky Party #87


Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 86!!! I absolutely adore looking through your projects every single week and this week is no exception! We've been hanging out with y'all and sharing and loving all the goodies shared here!! Thank you ALL for coming back week after week!! We APPRECIATE y'all!!

Let's get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger... and we're so glad you're here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome... we love to see your amazing work around here! Don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we'll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST... and we'll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts... we would love to read them and share them with our friends!



 

Meet your Fabulous Hosts!

Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram
What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Just the Woods @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
That Sweet Tea Life @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Peaches & Willow @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram

 

The Spotlight! That's right... Features!

These people were extra cool last week... so we're featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight...and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you've ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media... and leave us a little note so we know you're following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram... whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don't miss a beat!









Image Map



 

The Rules are there ain't no Rules!

We ain't your Mama... so we don't have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links!
2. We like to think we're super fancy... we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please!
3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media... then link back to the party with a text link... or our fabulous button!
4. Link to a specific post... not your home page! We want to see what you've been up to this week!
5. Our mama's taught us to share... that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please!
6. That's it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can't wait to see it!
7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites

 

6 Gals, 6 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 6 Amazing Blogs!





Want to come back next week? We'll send you a reminder... just put your email in the box!


Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we're sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot... the loot being your links! We can't wait to check out what you've left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future... we can't wait to show off what you've left!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Formula 10.0.6

*This is not an affiliate link. I received free products in exchange for this post. All thoughts are my own.*



I'm obsessed with skin care, that's no secret so when a box of Formula 10.0.6. products showed up at my front door I was beyond ecstatic. The box was packed full of colorful skin care bottles that made me want to take my make up off immediately and start washing my face.



I'll admit that with sensitive skin i'm always a little iffy about new products but their products are made with all natural, fresh ingredients and i'm happy to say that they are so gentle on my skin. I've had absolutely no issues at all and i've become a fan for life.

Be Berry Ready
So Totally Clean Micellar Water
Best Face Forward

Be Berry Ready Daily Foaming Cleanser
Blackberry + Coconut Milk
The Blackberry hydrates and detoxifies while the Coconut Milk cleanses and soothes skin making this the perfect cleanser for everyday use. It leaves your skin feeling soft, clean, and youthful.


So Totally Clean Micellar Water
This is so gentle on sensitive skin with it's ingredients such as cucumber, sea kelp, and chamomile.
Cucumber is soothing and cooling while Sea Kelp detoxifies and cleans your skin of impurities. Chamomile has a multitude of purposes, including reducing dark circles and moisturizing. They come together to make one amazing powerhouse of product. Micellar water is amazing for taking off your make up and taking care of those stubborn, clogged pores.

It's gentle enough to use around your eyes, making it my "go to" make up remover and face cleanser. It usually takes me a couple cotton balls to get my face totally make up free but it's the number one step to having fresh feeling, clean, glowing skin. Micellar water is part of my nightly routine for this reason. It's also great to use on a q-tip if you make a mistake while applying your make up. Simply wipe the q-tip across the flaw, re-apply your make up and you're good to go.


Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Face Cleanser
Passionfruit + Green Tea
This foaming face cleanser is perfect for cleaning those facials oils away and leaving your face feeling refreshed, clean, and glowing.

A little something I learned about the ingredients in this product is that Passionfruit and Green Tea are like the Sprinkles and Frosting of skin care. Passionfruit reduces oiliness while Green Tea exfoliates and soothes. Making this product a dream come true.

This one lives in my shower for daily morning use. I love beginning with a fresh, glowing face and it makes my make up go on smoother.


Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask
Be Berry Bright Exfoliating Mud Mask
Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask


Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask
Strawberry + Yarrow
This mud mask goes to work un-clogging pores, correcting a multitude of complexion problems. Strawberry and Rosemary eliminates impurities caused by pollutants and products while Yarrow clarifies skin and helps brighten dull complexion.

This one is my favorite of all the Mud Masks simply because I feel like my pores are one of my beauty flaws so anything I can get to help my pores is a winner. I also love the light strawberry scent. Formula 10.0.6's Mud Masks smell nothing like mud (and trust me, I've had other products that smelled like mud so bad that I just threw them away.)


Be Berry Bright Exfoliating Mud Mask
Goji Berry + Green Coffee
Goji Berries are great antioxidants while Green Coffee Beans gently exfoliate. This little tube packs a 3 in 1 punch because it exfoliates, cleanses and washes away impurities. It is also great for promoting even skin tone (goodbye redness!) and reduces free radicals.

If you had to get any one Formula 10.0.6 product I would say this would be it. Although, once you try one product you'll want them all but this 3 in 1 really had you covered.


Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask
Orange+Bergamont
Orange, Bergamot and Sea Salt work together to detoxify and diminish impurities in the skin. It really gets down deep and gets rid of impurities and toxins, making your skin clearer and brighter. Orange recharges, Sea Salt cleanses and Bergamont balances the skin making this product another power house.


What I love about all the Mud Masks is that they each serve a purpose. One is for Clarifying, one for Exfoliating and one is Ultra-Cleansing. Making them a perfect combination to use regularly to curse a whole host of skin flaws.




Be Berry Clear Illuminating Peel Mask
Get Your Glow On Peel Mask

Peel Masks might just be one of my favorite things in the history of beauty products. It's so gross to peel them off your skin and see the dirt that comes with them but at the same time, I find them oddly enjoyable because I can see how clean my skin is getting.

Like the Mud Masks, each of the Peel Masks serve a purpose.


Be Berry Clear Illuminating Peel Mask
Raspberry + Acai
Hello bright, glowing skin. Raspberry and Acai deliver a punch of antioxidants to help with flare ups and minimize pores. Two of my big concerns. I get a lot of flare ups this time of year because of pollen and allergies so it's been my "go to" lately but this product soothes and calms those problem areas and it's gentle enough to use around my eyes, where my flare ups happen.


Get Your Glow On Peel Mask
Papaya + Citrus
This peel revitalizes tired, dull skin within minutes to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and stop breakouts from happening. Papaya resurfaces skin while Citrus boosts brightness.

I have to be honest with y'all, when I got all my products out for this review I realized I haven't even opened this one yet so I can't give you an honest review of it yet and i'm kind of excited. I love all my Formula 10.0.6 products but it's kind of like finding a special treat tucked away.



Franck Provost J'amie My...Shampoo and Conditioner

Franck Provost is a hair care line based out of France that is currently being brought to the United States. It is currently in half of the Ulta stores nation wide.

It repairs damaged and brittle hair. I've been alternating this with my regular shampoo for the last month and can tell you that I am truly excited about this product. I have fine, thin hair but this product does wonders to add volume and bounce to my hair, as well as repair damage. I hope my Ulta sells this because i'll be buying more as soon as my bottles run out.


Do you use Formula 10.0.6 products? What's your favorite?
If not, run over to Ulta today to treat yourself to some Formula 10.0.6 products.
Your face will thank you.