FAVORITE THINGS + A SUMMER GIVEAWAY

I am SO excited about this giveaway for you! I have teamed up with several wonderful businesses and artists to bring you an assortment of goodies you are going to love this summer!

Before I jump into what is up for grabs in MY giveaway, you must know about the 8 OTHER giveaways that are all happening right now. To see each gift up close, and to enter to win, visit each site to fill out their entry forms.

It’s possible you could win more than ONE!

When you visit each blog take a look around. This is a great list of amazing bloggers and I know you’ll love each one of them. These precious bloggers (who all love Jesus!) are tearing the blog world UP with their commitment to helping women know God more, serve their families well, and be encouraged on the journey. Plus, their giveaways are AMAZING, so make sure you enter to win their giveaways, too!

**Click any AND ALL of these links to enter to win the incredible giveaways going on at each of these fabulous sites!**

1. Happy Home Fairy // 2. Ale & Tere // 3. The Littles and Me // 4. Erika Dawson – Faithful Moms // 5. Filled with the Word // 6. The Olive Tree Blog // 7. The Purposeful Mom // 8. Meaningful Mama // 9. Frugal Coupon Living

Without further ado, here is what is up for grabs in MY giveaway!

These are on my top summer fave list…

Pink grapefruit Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes

These wipes smell incredible and they are a great summer staple when you’re on the go.

The Honest Company hand sanitizer spray Orange with Aloe

I love this brand and this hand sanitizer smells like summer in a tube.  It also has natural ingredients and it’s easy to throw in your purse and go.

Burt’s Bees #bringbackthebees Pink Grapefruit moisturizing lip balm

This lip balm is smooth and has a light grapefruit scent.  I love it.  It smells like a grapefruit drink.

Sally Hansen Insta-dry “Peachy Breeze” and “Clearly Quick” nail color 

Guys I’m wearing this color right now. It’s so fun and perfect for the pool or beach

Maybelline’s “Peach Buff” Matte/Mat lip color

This Maybelline Mat lip color goes on smooth and it’s my #1 shade. You can dress it up or wear it everyday.

Summertime flamingo lunch napkins

Guys… these can make any Instagram picture look festive and like you’re in Tahiti.  Also, I pull them out during family dinner and they make Nebraska’s cool weather feel like Florida!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp 

This parenting book has been a gift from God to my mama heart.  So much wisdom in here! I plan on reading this book (again) this summer and I know it will bless you and your children as much as it has blessed me.

2ECOND LIFE by Chesapeake Bay Candle “Aloe Woods” scent 

This is my post dinner scent. After the house is all picked up and my kiddos are getting ready for bed, I light this candle.  It makes the entire house feel like I’m on an island somewhere and helps me relax at the end of the day.

What do you think?!

Would you like to win all of these amazing prizes?!

FOUR ways to enter:

1. Subscribe to Ale and Tere

see the top right of the site (right under my bio) enter your email and hit subscribe!

You’ll get an email from me, make sure to confirm your email and you are set!

2.Follow @ale_and_tere on Instagram 

3. Follow @aleandtere on Facebook

4. Enter your email address below

 

*The winner will be randomly chosen*

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my sweet international readers!). The giveaway will end at 12:00 am on Monday, May 29 (EST). A winner will be selected shortly after and notified by e-mail. If winner does not respond within 24 hours, a second winner will be chosen. Thank you for being a part of this fun giveaway!

I can’t wait to see who wins! Make sure to HOP to the other blogs and make some new, inspiring friends!

**Click the links below to learn more about these amazing bloggers!**

Julie Brasington is the wife of a South Florida Worship Pastor and mom of 2 boys. She writes at Happy Home Fairy where you can find easy craft ideas, FREE printables, simple recipes, corny jokes, holiday fun, thoughts on raising kids, and encouragement for moms.

Ashley is the wife of her entrepreneur husband, Philip, and mama to two sweet girls. She’s also the arts and crafts lover, blocks builder, everyday celebrator, and mama encourager behind The Littles and Me—where she shares kids activities, simple ideas for family fun and encouragement for mamas. She believes in celebrating everyday moments, the power of play and spreading freshly squeezed joy along the way!

Teresa (Tere) from Ale & Tere is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three beautiful babies. They recently moved their family from sunny South Florida to the suburbs of Nebraska and are documenting their travel experiences, parenting journey, growing faith and pieces of their everyday life. You can find Teresa with a baby on her lap, homeschooling her five year old, chasing after a mischievous pooch and drinking cold coffee (because she never gets to it in time). Teresa’s hope is to encourage other moms to embrace motherhood in all of it’s beautiful and chaotic splendor and to always always always point others to Christ!

Erika Dawson is a writer and speaker who is passionate about God’s Word and prayer. She writes at FaithfulMoms.org sharing Biblical teaching, grace-filled encouragement, and practical tools for moms to connect with God, walk faithfully in their callings, and lead their kids to Jesus. She and her husband live in the Chicagoland area with their four incredible kids.

A wife and mother after God’s heart, FilledWithTheWord tends to the hearts of women of all ages and shines a bright light to the Gospel of Jesus Christ while providing encouragement to all through the sweet promises that God has for His people. Courtney can’t wait to meet you right where you’re at and follow along!

Christina married a music man, who also happened to be her high school sweetheart. Together they have four children and one crazy labrador. She blogs about faith, family, travel, baking, cooking, and everyday life. She blogs at The Olive Tree.

At The Purposeful Mom, Jenn seeks to equip women to be strengthened in their faith, teach their children truth and grace, create a peaceful home (so they can keep the urgent from crowding out the important), and live purposefully without the pressure to be perfect.
Parenting isn’t easy, but it’s so important. Meaningful Mama is a corner of the web that inspires an intentional and creative family life. While keeping it real, Jodi provides practical activities, tips and stories that encourage moms.
Stretching your pennies, while saving your daughters. Frugal Coupon Living is a daily lifestyle blog featuring handpicked deals for fashion, recipes, crafts, coupons and more. Behind the scenes, Ashley Langston is a DC-metro blogger on the hunt for current trends and hot deals. As seen on Dr. Phil and the Rachael Ray Show.
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THREE TIPS TO HEALTHY SKIN| THE OVER 30 EDITION

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeforeDifferinJourney #CollectiveBias

Three tips to healthy skin

One of my 2017 goals was to take better care of my skin. Growing up in a house full of boys, I never paid much attention to the products that I used on my face. I’m now 30 years old, and I’m starting to realize that I no longer have youth on my side and that I have to be more intentional when it comes to taking care of my skin.  Honestly, as a mom of three, it’s easy to not prioritize myself. When I’m able to sneak in a quick shower I sometimes (most of the time) just use soap to wash my face.  Gasp! I know I shouldn’t, but time is scarce. You know what else is scarce? Sleep! I would love to say that getting enough sleep is one of my top 3 steps to healthy skin, but at this point in my life, sleep is just not in the cards for me.

The good news is that we’re into May, and I’m finally feeling on top of my skincare routine which involves daily wash and moisturizing. On top of that, there are a few things that I do to help my skin remain as healthy as possible, and I wanted to share them with you!

Three tips to healthy skin

I. Water, water everywhere! I may not be able to get enough sleep at night, but if there’s one thing I do every day, it’s hydrate. My goal amount is 64 ounces of water every day, and most days I go over. Staying hydrated does wonders for my skin and helps me flush out my system. I also swap out any sugary drink I may want to have with my meals for water. I see a big difference in the “glow” and overall feel of my skin when I hydrate.

Three tips to healthy skin

Three tips to healthy skin

 

II. Sweat! Guys, when I lived in humid Florida, I’d sweat all the time. It’s gross I know, but it would detoxify my pores and my body. Moving to Nebraska, I have noticed that it is much more difficult for me to break a sweat. One of the things I have to do for my skin is make sure that I am detoxifying and that I am sweating. I do this every day by working out. Some days look different than others. If I can, I sneak in a run, and if time does not permit, I will do jumping jacks or hold a plank until my body physically sweats. It’s not pretty, but sweating keeps my skin healthy!

 

Three tips to healthy skin

 

III. Acne treatment– Something that I have struggled with for years is acne. And taking care of my skin means staying on top of my acne problem. My go-to solution these days is NEW Differin® Gel. NEW Differin® Gel is a little different than most spot treatments I have used in the past. I apply a thin layer every day, once a day after cleaning my face, and then I continue to use it even after my acne has cleared up. Differin® Gel is NEW to the OTC acne aisle, and although it has the power of an Rx, you don’t need a prescription for it and you can find it at Target! It is the first and only prescription strength retinoid now available over the counter for clearing and preventing acne. It’s the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years!

 

Three tips to healthy skin

 

Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation. Also, if you’re thinking about using it (and you should), this is for mild to moderate acne. Differin® Gel clears breakouts where they start (deep in the pores), prevents breakouts before they begin, and as a result, restores skin’s texture and tone.

 

For more Differin® inspiration, check out the social hub here.

 

Three tips to healthy skin

Three tips to healthy skin

 

It’s hard to accept the fact that I’m 30 and that my skin does not bounce back as fast as it used to.  I’m having to use new products and just accept the fact that wrinkles are on the horizon and that I can either feel bad about it or age as gracefully as I can.  So here’s to aging, to finding the right skin products and to healthy skin!

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Three steps to healthy skin

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Three tips to healthy skin

 

Also, these pictures were taken by my sweet sweet Grace Olivia.  She wanted to be my frittatafer, and I think she did an outstanding job!

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SPRING IS HERE AND THE ZOO

I have never experienced spring like I did this past month. I’ve read about the seasons and the change of seasons, but coming from FL where there’s not much alteration in the climate department, it was certainly eye opening.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain what I felt when I saw the first patch of grass change from dry yellow to bright green.  I was overwhelmed with joy.  I saw buds on trees and weeds growing sporadically all waking up and welcoming us to Spring.  I  never thought I would be so happy to see weeds!
And then… the flowers came.  One by one, they graced us with purple, pink, red and orange tones.  I saw tulips bloom for the first time and different shades of green perfectly compliment the bright blue sky. I never realized how much my soul needed color or warmth.
I understand now why poets write about love and the change that takes place within, when winter’s gone. I get it.  You breathe again, you come out of hiding, the birds make their ways back from the south, the smell of soil fills the air and little by little the temperature rises. And here we are, in the thick of Spring thanking God for warmer weather and for allowing us to make it through our first Winter.
Here’s to Spring friends.
Here’s to dinners alfresco, soccer in the back yard, and flowers! All the flowers because I don’t know how I’ll live without those again.
We visited Omaha Zoo last week and here are some pictures of our time there. It was beautiful.

This mama was hanging out with her babe, it was the sweetest thing and so smart of the zookeepers to keep them both behind a fence.  All the kids would have gone crazy trying to pet the baby goat.

She wanted to brush all of the goats and had a blast doing it.

Check out his face friends. He’s so proud to be standing next to that cute little goat.  I’m just glad we had plenty of hand sanitizer.

This is Alex’s sweet mama who visited a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for reading guys and thank you for always being so kind to me on this space of the internet.

 

Here are some things you may have missed:

Our first visit to the zoo (In the winter) 

Video of our Zoo visit 

Alex’s 31st birthday

 

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