Skincare In Your 30s – The 3 Products I Can’t Live Without

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Skincare in your 30s looks completely different than when in your 20s. At least I think it is. Thankfully, I’ve found some products that allow me to feel OK when going sans foundation.

These isn’t a sponsored post nor am I getting paid by any of these companies.  However, there are some affiliate links which Rebel Soul Mom makes a small commission. Thanks for reading and supporting this stay at home momma! 

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now.  Part of me struggles with writing about things I love that come in tangible forms (ie.plastic), verses in the shape of my two little humans. Writing about gratitude, my kids and mom life in general, come natural to me. This type of post requires a little more effort from my writing brain. If I really want to twist the meaning and find my redemption of this post, not having to wear foundation every day and still feel decent enough to stroll through Publix, bring me joy and gratitude. There! Connection made.

In my 20’s, I never thought about wrinkles or characteristics such as uneven skin tone.  Wearing sunscreen on my face was weird and unnecessary.  There were many nights where I would go to bed without washing my face and I still had clear skin.

Luck and genetics, I thought. Silly 20-something girl.

 Snapchat’s face swap opened my eyes to my 30- something skin

While playing around with the different filters in Snapchat,  When I did my first face-swap with her, I was like….whoa. I know this sounds a little weird, then again I’m self-proclaimed wierdo. Seeing her baby smooth skin “swapped” on mind was a little dishearting and so began my search for good face products.

Check out the tweet right after my face swap discovery:

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The 3 Facial Products That Made a Huge Difference In My Skin

Mia 2® Facial Cleansing Brush

If there was only product you could buy, make it this one. With a $169 price-point, consider it an investment in your skin. Better yet,  put in on your Christmas list like I did. When researching this product I found that people had varying timeframes when it came to seeing results. For me, it wasn’t until month 3 before I started noticing a difference.

Mia-Clarisonic removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing, cleansing so well that products absorb better       – Clarisonic.com

I’m not getting paid to promote this. It’s just that good! The Clarisonic website has tons of information on the different products they have, but you can also get it at Sephora or Amazon.


Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I received a sample of this cleanser either through Influenster or Sephora. Since then, I haven’t bought anything else. It comes in two different price points, $15 & $38. Seriously, this stuff is amazing and it smells like no other facial cleanser I’ve tried.

These stats are found on thier website:

    •  97% reported more supple skin
    • 93% said it soothed and softened their skin
    • 90% said their skin was balanced and healthy-looking
    • 86% felt it visibly improved the appearance of the skin
    • 86% felt it left their skin toned and radiant * in vivo

I can personal say that I agree with these 100%.  This cleanser has ingredients like soy-proteins, rosewater (amazing smell), cucumber extract and borage seed oil. Aside from the fact that they use natural ingredients, everything about this brand is woth loving.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel

Remember that uneven skin tone I was talking about earlier? Well, my 30-something skin has some serious uneven texture issues. Basically the lady at Sephora told me this is what I needed. Who was I to argue?  One of the claims is that it specifically, improves the appearance of face texture and tone. This is a bit pricey at $52, so if there’s something else comporable that you’ve tried, please let me know.

Keep in mind that you won’t find silicones, chemical screens, sensitizing colorants, perfumes, or fragrant essential oils of any kind in any Drunk Elephant product. Other nasties such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates are also left out of this product.

There it is. My three gaming changing products for skincare in your 30s. You will notice that a facial moisturizer isn’t on this list, but I’m still testing some out. Right now, I’m using Origins GinZing. I’m liking it so far.

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Skincare In Your 30s – What are you currently using that you love?

 

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August 17, 2017
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Trace’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2nd Birthday Party

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It’s hard to believe that my little monkey is now officially a toddler!  Trace turned two last week and we celebrated his birthday with a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party. I love all things Disney so this was definitely a fun party to plan.  Since we were just coming back from our vacation, I needed to plan something that was simple but perfect for my little man.  This was probably one of my most simple but favorite parties that I’ve done for the kids. Thanks to Pinterest, I found some really cute and fun Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas!

I wish I had a blog back when Gianna was younger so I could document what she was into. I may just have to pull those pictures together and create a separate post for each theme. I just remember being sad when the princess phase was over.

When it comes to parties, I tend to completely fall down the dark rabbit hole, commonly known as Pinterest. My daughters first 3 or 4 birthdays were a crazy but beautiful testimony of that. The pressure to have the best looking or unique party favors has (somewhat) subsided. Truth is, I love to do these for my kids. Some may think they are too young to understand. I don’t believe that. They are too young to remember, but my son completely understood the Mickey Mouse decorations and amazing layered cake.

His eyes lit up when he first walked into the room. Which was then followed by him shouting a cluster of words that I couldn’t quite fully understand. I did hear, Mickey some where in there!  His party was perfect and while I felt completely flustered for a couple of hours leading up to it, I would totally do it all over again.

 

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Shop all these cute Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas:

This is an easy and inexpensive  theme to do.  I think I spent under $100 and this includes balloons, table covers (3), Mickey Mouse cookie cutter, happy birthday banner, Mickey Mouse silicone mold and supplies for my DIY decorations.

 

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 Cookie Cutter: Amazon, $8.90  | Kitchen Tongs: Amazon | Black & White Polka Dot Table Cover: Amazon, $5.15

Brown Party Favor Bags: Amazon, $14.99 | Polka Dot Straws & Black Vinyl Mickey’s: Amazon, $12.99

  Happy Birthday Sign: Etsy, $15 | Streamers & Balloons: Amazon, $11.90

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRACE MICHAEL! 

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Favorite Foods:
Blueberries
Popsicles
My moms’ rice & beans (and sometimes mine)
Dried cranberries
Annie’s fruit snacks

Silly things:
Hides in a corner to do his business,
If you’re not listening or looking to him then he will take his hands and put them on your check, turning your head towards his

Makes funny noises with his mouth to make us laugh
LOVES a good Happy Birthday song

Favorite things:
Pacifier
Soft plush blankets
Mickey Mouse
Any tools (but prefers the real deal)
Loves to be outside
Water Hose
Bubbles

Recent Milestones:
Makes 3-word sentences
Can now climb on our dining room chairs (yay)
Brings his shoes to us when he wants to go outside
Trys to puts our shoes on when he wants to go outside

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Getting a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter is an inexpensive way to carryout the theme in different areas.  I got this one from Amazon. Get it here.

Do you have any other cute Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas to share?

Read:  My Family of Four is Now Complete

August 6, 2017
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5 Ways Moms Can Fight Blah Days

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Do you ever have one of those days where you feel zero energy. Days when mentally you feel like your emotions have flatlined? For me, going to work at the office usually helped that blah feeling.  However, now that I’m working at home with two little humans who I don’t have to fake it for,  its been much harder to get out of my mental funk. Thankfully, I have 5 ways  that Moms can fight blah days. This list could definitely be longer, but sometimes my attention span gets in the way of my writing.

5 Ways Moms (or anyone!) Can Fight Blah Days

Get showered and dressed.

If you know its going to be one of those days, don’t marinate in it! It’s much harder to pull yourself out of a funk when it’s 1pm and you’ve accomplished absolutely zero while lounging in your pjs. On these days, at the very least, take a shower and put some cute clothes on.

Play uplift music or listen to a podcast. 

I can’t say that this always does the trick, but it helps in conjunction with other things. My music choices that get me moving range from Hillsong to Britney to Little Wayne. Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts that are specifically geared towards women, entrepreneurs and overall personal development.

Play with the kids or do some silly dances. 

There are times when playing with the kiddos seems like a tiring and daunting effort. Acting silly with them or playing their favorite game, often times lifts me out of my mental slump. My daughter who is 8, knows when I’m in one of my moods and bless her heart, she is the sweetest little thing when she tries to lift my spirits.

Watch YouTube – yes, you read that right. 

Getting someTHING accomplished is a start to a better mood.  Somedays I’ll settle for the dishes and cleaning the floors. Call me crazy but watching other people clean or organize their home really works. YouTube is filled with fun organizing and cleaning motivational videos. Based on the hundreds of thousand of views, there are obviously many of us who enjoy watching these videos.

Notice I said YouTube only. Jumping on Facebook or Instagram and seeing the perfect pictures and suspecting, my life is perfect posts… is the last thing you should do.

Shop, shop or shopping cart.

I’m not saying to self-medicate  by spending hundreds of dollars every time you’re feeling depressed. But there is something to be said about an impromptu shopping trip with a friend. Not only does it get you out of the house but it occupies your mind. On days when I don’t want to deal with strollers and tantrums, I’ll settle for online shopping trips. I’m known to add stuff to the shopping cart and walking away. It’s almost like shopping, just without the monetary commitment.

There it is – 5 ways you can fight blah days. As I’m finishing this post up I realized that I missed one very important thing – sunshine! If all out fails, take a walk outside for 10 minutes.

Busy Moms want to know – What am I missing that has worked for you?

 

 

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June 26, 2017
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My First Month as a Stay-at-Home Mom

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Being a stay at home parent was something I never considered. That was up until last year. In my 20’s I saw nothing exciting nor fulfilling in the Stay At Home Mom role. I was never the one jumping in line to “hold the baby” and even though my daughter was the love of my life, there was no way I was trading in my heels for an all day affair of baby talk and diapers.

Then at 31 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. From that point it was all about treatments, surgery and simply surviving for the next two years. The emotional dust from everything started to settle around three years after my cancer treatments and after having my little miracle man.  I started to feel a mis-alignment with what I was doing and what was bringing me true joy.

Right around the same time, the company I was working for started going through some changes. These changes started seeping into my department towards the end of last year and unless you’re completely disconnected from your own reality, you pretty much know what’s going on. You just don’t know exactly when. My position was one of those, “not part of the re-alignment” and in March, this mama was home with her babies (16 months and 8 yrs).

While the title of this post says  Stay-at-Home, it should be more like Work-At-Home. Thankfully, I started doing some freelance work last year so when I left the company, I immediately started working on creating my own company.

I just don’t know how much work was actually done during my first month at home to warrant the work-at-home title.

 

Week 1 of my first month as a stay at home Mom went something like:

 

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No really, this is what I felt like! Plus, it was  Spring Break (lucky me). We visited some friends out of state and for once it was great coming home and not stress about preparing for the week ahead. Lunches? Nah, I’ll do those in the morning.

Positives this week: Everything

Negatives: Nada.

Week 2:

Still in the honeymoon phase, I was eagerly happy to be fulfilling all the house duties that I would otherwise be neglecting had I been working my 8-5.

 I’m not sure where the week went, but I only managed to do half of what I set out to do! Whatever! It’s early in my new role and I was still in the honeymoon phase. So I tell myself , “ It’s my first week, I’ll find my groove.”

The hardest decision for me this week was figuring out what to make for dinner.

Positives this week:

Waking up at 6am for some Mommy time, meditation, coffee and email check (ie. Facebook).

I spent time with my little man and I did school drop-offs and pick-ups. Some of you reading this probably loaf these duties but I’m new here, remember!?

The fact that I wasn’t coming home after 5pm also meant that the evenings were more enjoyable and my kitchen actually looked presentable the next morning.

Negatives:

Morning meditations ended here.

I wore workout gear almost everyday and while it appeared that I was headed to the gym after school drop-off,  I wasn’t.

I haven’t gone to the gym – even once.

Week 3:

I’m still kickin’ it with my little man and chillin’ in my workout wear.

By week three I remember that I actually have work to do. At least now I have a good reason for going to Starbucks almost everyday – Mommy gotta work!

Dinner time and evenings were a piece of cake.

Positives: EVERYTHING! THIS IS AMAZING!

Negatives: I missed a submission deadline for a site I contribute to and I can’t recall why.

Another week passed without me me practicing my morning meditations. Sigh.

Week 4:

Husband says, you need to come up with some sort of schedule.

Me  (completely on the defense):  I am! This is about the time when I find myself on YouTube watching routines of other Moms who stay at home and work. Don’t judge me! Some of those videos get hundred-thousand views, so I know I’m not alone in this.

In my YouTube ventures I find that many times their little one naps for 2 hours. I haven’t seen a 2-hour nap from my wild 19-month old the entire time I’ve been home!

I’m hearing it can take me as much as 4-6 months to find my schedule. Yes, I Googled that too.

Positives:  I’m alive and everyone is happy that I’m home more. However, this is starting to translate to: Mommy can do it all.

I’m making progress on my business and establishing a client base.

Negatives:

Little man now goes to Grandma’s 2 days a week so Mommy can actually get some work done. Is this a negative? I’m not so sure right now.

I’m on YouTube way too much.

My early 6am morning rise is starting to look more like 6:45 am or 7 am.

This month was everything and nothing that I had expected.

I quickly came to realize that staying at home with kids is much harder than any 8-5 job. At the same time, I realize that I never (ever) want to go back to the corporate world. It will take some major mojo, self-discipline and hustle for me to be able to stay home as I grow my business.

The second month gets even more interesting.  I had my first Mommy breakdown, started second guessing my decisions and my self-assurance was tanking. Stay tuned.

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June 14, 2017
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Dear Bandit – A Letter for You in Heaven

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Dear Bandit,

Hey big boy, it’s your mama.

The night is setting in and you’re not here. This morning I caught myself  scooping up 2 servings of food  As much as Mia would have liked that extra serving, I know she would rather be eating breakfast with you. I wonder what you’re doing right now? How is doggy heaven? I’m sure you are running with no pain and eating endless amounts of cheese. 

Having to say goodbye  to you yesterday was harder than we could have ever imagined. You don’t know this, but I’ve only seen your Dad really cry – twice. You may think it was on our wedding day or the day the kids were born. However neither of those are it. One of the times was yesterday.  The day we had to say goodbye to you. 

Years ago your Dad and I  talked about what we would do when “that” day came. He said there was no way he could be there while you sleep into your  heavenly home. He didn’t want to see it happen. Then one day at work, a friend and I were talking about our fur babies and somehow the subject came up. I told her how he felt unsure about being there during those last moments.  The next day she gave me a poem that I shared with him. It was from a dogs perspective regarding his Last Battle. One of the lines said: 

“….Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.”

 

 

Yesterday, we honored you and our responsibilities to you. Nothing would have prevented us from being there with you. We held you, kissed you and whispered in your ear. I’m not sure if you remember your head on Daddy’s lap. Your paw in my hand. And my face nestled over yours.

Bandit, you gave us so much in the last 14 years. And while you could have gone to another home, you came into our home. We were a couple of barely 20-something kids who just bought a new home and wanted a fur baby. You grew up with us and even though our hearts are broken, we will honor you.  We promise to love again and take in another dog with either no hope or home. I’m not sure they will lick Mia’s ears like you did, but they can have  breakfast together.

Goodnight Muffin. WE LOVE YOU.

 

 

 

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

    – author unknown

 

 

 

 

 

May 17, 2017
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