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Trying to hide that you’ve looked exhausted since 2008?! Me too! Mine probably started in 2007 when I gave birth to my first child. No amount of sleep prepares you for that. But today I want to introduce you to something that will help. Olay Whips. Olay Whips is the unicorn of moisturizers. Not only does it hydrate something fierce, but it absorbs instantly into your skin meaning you can jump right into your makeup routine without having to wait around for your face to dry. It also continues to hydrate throughout the day for a dewy finish. Olay Whips leaves your skin feeling wonderfully smooth. I’m talking like velvety smooth, y’all. It’s like a no primer, primer.
I’ve been using Total Effects. It claims 7 skin benefits in one little tub: Actively replenishes nourishing moisture, evens skin tone appearance, enhances brightness, visibly smooths fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the look of pores, restores firmness + visibly reduces dark spots. It is also formulated with VitaNiacin Complex II and Vitamins C & E to fight the early signs of aging. Winning, right there! Anti-aging anything is a win in my book. But the fact that it moisturizes as well, plus it’s totally budget friendly…. major win all around. Don’t you think? Do you currently have a favorite moisturizer and/or primer? Let me know if you’d try this & switch it up! I’m excited to hear why or why not.
You can get your Whips from Wal-Mart here #WalmartBeauty #AwardWorthyBeauty #FeelTheWhip.
Hello, friends. Today I have some super cute printables to share with you from my friends at Shari’s Berries, just in time for Valentine’s day! Are you excited? I am! And if you’re not…just scroll…. you’ll get excited too because they are so stinkin’ cute!
It’s 2018, y’all…. It’s February…. My words (yup, wordS) for the year…. “SELF CARE” I am putting myself first. Okay, not really…but I’m moving me up on the food chain and I feel like that’s a HUGE step in itself.
There’s a moment when we realize how important self-care truly is. It is SO easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, but that’s where self-care comes in. There comes this moment usually followed shortly after a breakdown (or 20) that we truly decide that it’s time to take better care of ourselves, as women, as mothers, as wives, as people. Self-care is important. You realize that going to bed a little earlier isn’t such a tragic thing. You learn that veggies and fruits are part of a well-balanced diet. You start cutting out the processed food a bit and just being more conscience overall about the stuff you’re putting in/on your body.
You skincare routine shouldn’t be any different! Take care of the outside as well as the inside. Use a cleanser that actually helps improve your skin. Let me help with that by introducing y’all to Olay Cleansing Infusions – the first cleansing solution for the face AND body. These babes work their hardest to draw out the impurities and bring in hydration for naturally glowing skin.
The facial cleansers are: Olay MicropolishingCleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Crushed Ginger & Citrus Extract Olay Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Deep Sea Kelp & Aloe Extract
The body cleansers are: Olay Microscrubbing Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Body Wash with Crushed Ginger Olay Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Body Wash with Deep Sea Kelp
These are non-stripping cleansers that contain biorenewing hydrators that improve your skin’s condition as you wash, revealing your natural glow. Crushed ginger body & facial cleansers contain exfoliators that break down as you wash, creating a micropolishing effect that reveals a smooth surface for healthy looking and feeling skin. Clinically proven to enhance skin’s radiance after just one use (as tested using Olay’s unique chromometer technology).
How awesome is that, right?!
Other ways to Glow up and make sure your skin is looking at it’s BEST – make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. H2O is a big key to hydration. Exfoliate once or twice a week. Massage your facial products in. Clean your makeup brushes. Wear sunscreen. Clean your phone! A dirty phone makes for a dirty face. Wear blush. Weird, right?! But a pop of color can make your skin look more awake. Get plenty of sleep. Take your makeup off at the end of the day. Drink your water, eat those fruits and veggies (Watermelon is my favorite go-to,), cut down on the alcohol, and just glow.
Hey guys, remember me?! It’s been almost a month since my last post. That’s SO insane, but in reality, that’s how life works… my poor little blog has taken such a backseat lately to life in general and while I don’t really think that that’s an awful thing (managing stress, I couldn’t imagine life right now if I was stressing over this blog)… anyway, wanted to pop in today and share a bit of life lately with you guys.
David’s in school. The kids are downstairs watching cartoons and enjoying some hot cocoa while I take a few minutes to sync photos and type up this mini ramble before taking them down to the park to play in the snow. (Follow along on IG stories ambernmccain is me)
It’s been a long few weeks of lots and nothing. It’s weird, but I don’t have much to update with…. it’s the same day to day Doctor appointments with David, kids to & from school. College has started up again for David. That’s a headache in itself. Can you imagine being a 32 year old combat soldier thrown in a remedial math with high schoolers?! After watching David go back to school, I don’t think I have it in me to do it. I don’t think that I could do it. Right after high school, had a free ride (with money back in my pockets every semester) and dropped out my second semester in. I wasn’t prepared for it. I mean, I was clueless… completely & utterly clueless. I don’t regret dropping out. I never really have. College isn’t for everyone. I just wish more people would see that before going & dropping a small (not small, rather large really) fortune on it.
We FINALLY took down the Christmas decor. Only because we were putting the house back together after deciding to postpone our move. If you’re clueless here, don’t feel bad…I hadn’t said much about it yet, but we’d planned to move this summer but decided it was in our best interest to postpone it a bit. It really stinks, because my goodness, this town is HUGE & we really aren’t big fans of living here anymore, but we need a bit more time to prep and plan for a move, and honestly, just staying put a bit longer is what’s best for us. Plus, cannabis has been THE BEST medication for David thus far, so in preperation of this upcming move tried to go a few days without to see how things would go and well… it wasn’t a great couple of days for him.
Ugh, anyway…. I almost titled this post “shooting, stitches, and snowdays” but that seemed weird…. But, on Friday about 5 minutes after we got home, we got a text & email — a reverse 911 call telling us to stay indoors…. and that there was an active shooter search taking place…. lovely, huh?! I mean, they sent out a picture of the area they were covering, and our house hit the little red line…. good times, good times. Thankfully, he was caught the next day but that was a scary & weird 24 hours. That was quickly followed by an ER trip David needing 5 stitches after trying to start a fire. He’s fine, stitches get removed this week thankfully because one handed living is no fun. haha
Every now & again I spend a few extra minutes in the morning at the kids’ school after I’ve dropped them off. I bump into moms from when Owen was in Preschool and chat with them for a few minutes. I really miss the preschool days. 3 days a week, 3 hours a day. It was perfect for us. I’d still get some one on one time with Owen, and I’d get some morning mom chats in… now though, I barely see any of them and if/when I do, it’s in passing and ugh. Half of them don’t even go to the same schools anymore (big town) and it’s just bittersweet watching them grow up. But days that you run into your preschool bestie at the zoo makes life a bit more fun. 🙂 Always fun running into friends, but especially at the zoo.
That’s about all I’ve got for you guys today. Life is full of in and out of my car, driving back and forth from one end of this town to the other, and repeat. We did spend the weekend DEEP cleaning the house. That was nice. But come Monday morning, none of us loved that we’d wasted the weekend away like that. But, man…. Owen’s room, Fin’s room, our bedroom, the living room, the downstairs bathrooom, the laundry room, laundry, the cat box, the kitchen…. phew. 4 bags and a laundry basket full of donations after purging and cleaning some more. I don’t even know how we manage to have all the things we manage to have in this house, but thank goodness for purge days.
That’s my ramble in a nutshell. I hope life has been kind to you guys and I promise I’ll try to not let an entire month go by again before my next post/ramble.
Christmas 2017, also known as the stomach bug Christmas. UGH.
Christmas Eve started off with some donuts from Cookie the elf. And if you look carefully, you’ll see Maddie & Owen sprinkling reindeer food outside. Poor Fin opted to skip this part and stay in bed. I’m not even sure when the puking started, but it started a few days back with Owen… moved on to Fin and to David, now it’s on to Maddie and I just know my turn is coming. It’s been awful. We haven’t slept, we haven’t eaten… a whole Christmas dinner just packed away in leftover containers that will probably eventually get dumped just because they’ll go bad before everyone feels better. Ugh.
After a night of throwing up, Fin thankfully felt a ton better come Christmas morning. We woke up slow and took it easy. David started a fire, I made some coffee and about 4 dozen muffins (because they’re so quick and easy). We opened presents and spent the rest of the day being lazy bums, vegging out to chips & dip, lil smokies and more before the sickness crept in again and nobody wanted real food for dinner.
Remember Sant shops from school? Well, we normally give the kiddos a few bucks to take, but this year they willingly spent their own money and my heart about burst from the sweetness of it. Here are the gifts they got me. Haha. Can you guess which was from who? They were SO proud of the gifts they each chose too.
Mug from Fin. Angel from Maddie. Keychain from Owen. (we all laughed when I opened that one. It’s attached to my purse now of course and that’s where it’ll stay til I switch purses or until it breaks because #momlife. haha)
This dragon… dinosuar thing… he’s been asking for a Yellow eyes (this version in yellow) for 2 years now. TWO YEARS! We’ve searched EVERYWHERE! (found originally at walmart, but then went MIA). Finally David found this on Amazon after repeat trips to walmart and target just to browse the toys…. took the kids to spend Christmas gift cards a few days before Christmas and wouldn’t you know it, David had to talk Owen OUT of buying this exact dinosuar/dragon thing because Walmart had finally restocked em. I about fell out of my chair laughing when David told me that he had to convince Owen NOT to buy the exact thing he’s been asking for for TWO years now. And the fact that after all that crazy searching, walmart restocked and it was there.
Either way, he now takes Fin’s red dragon (red eyes is his name) and pairs it with his Blue dragon (Blue eyes, duh) and they walk around the house growling at each other and scaring the cat and confusing the dogs, so it’s pretty entertaining.
Overall, aside from the sickness that’s going to be the death of me (I’m being SLIGHTLY dramatic, but only slightly… you guys haven’t seen the way this thing hits people), our Christmas was really nice. We don’t have any family local, so we didn’t have to places to be or people to see. We just enjoyed the five of us in all our sickness.
I hope yours was awesome. I’m ready to undecorate now and get life back to normal. Who else is ready for 2018?! *raises hand*
Today’s post is brought to you by my guests, Personal Creations 🙂
It’s Christmas Eve night, Santa and his team are traveling the world, delivering gifts to children all over the world. Lots of families leave out milk and cookies for Santa, but don’t forget about the reindeer! Guide Rudolf and the other reindeer to your home this Christmas Eve with Personal Creations’ reindeer food and printable poems.
Using a few simple ingredients you likely have at home, create a special treat the kids can leave out the night before Christmas. This is the perfect way to say thank you to Santa’s helpers for all the hard work they have done. Sprinkle the reindeer food onto your yard and await the morning for a special surprise: presents underneath the tree!
Owen made some Reindeer food in school and absolutely LOVES it! We’ll be making more over break. haha