THREE TIPS TO HEALTHY SKIN| THE OVER 30 EDITION

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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.

 

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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!

Three tips to healthy skin

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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TEACHING STEWARDSHIP+ prAna CLOTHING

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One of the values we instill in our children is stewardship. We start off when they’re young with their toys and the reason why they should take care of them. We explain that everything we have is a gift from God and that it’s our responsibility to  be good stewards of everything He has given us.
With Grace, we’re able to talk about money, time, talents, and resources and that we are going to be held accountable one day for how we spend what we have been given.

Here are three areas we are showing our children how to be good stewards.

  1. Toys– our kids have been blessed with numerous toys. We keep some downstairs in the living room and some in their bedroom. Every day, they get a chance to play with their toys and when they’re finished it is their responsibility to return it to its proper place in the same condition in which they found it. We explain to them that just because the toys are theirs, it does not give them the liberty to mistreat them.
  2. Time– We purpose to start our mornings (after breakfast) with school. And because we value each other’s time, we emphasize the importance of staying focused on the task at hand. If Grace decides to play or lose focus, during the allotted school time, we explain to her that she is not being a good steward of her time. The lack of stewardship in this area usually results with her not being able to do a fun activity in the evening. Although she is four, she is very aware of when she is paying attention and when her mind is elsewhere.
  3. Finances– It’s fun to see children handle money.  Grace has a few chores around the house that she receives financial compensation for. It’s nothing big, but quarters add up. We have been able to instruct her in the importance of being a good steward of your finances and that if the whole dollar is spent as soon as it’s recieved, then there won’t be any left over for the toy she’s had her eye on. We are also teaching her about giving to God and to others.
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Here are a few Bible verses that are helping us in the process of teaching stewardship.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s very grace” 1 Peter 4:10
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” Luke 16:10
Speaking of stewardship, I want to share with you a company that is raising the bar when it comes to sustainable clothing. PrAna is a clothing company that shows love for our planet. They offer sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp clothing items that are versatile and classy (here’s is a video on why hemp matters and why organic cotton matters)
This shirt for example, is the most comfortable shirt I’ve ever own and I see myself throwing it on during the spring to play in the park with the kids or dressing it up with skinny jeans and boots for date night.
Also these pants are soft and have an elastic waist band that embraces my post baby body. I can see myself strapping on some heels and a cute top and heading straight to church.

PrAna also likes to give back to communities all over the world and their designers create and test the clothing based on their own love for the outdoors!

I really appreciate companies like prAna, who are demonstrating stewardship of God’s creation and making a positive impact on our planet!

Use the code PMOMAAT to receive 15% off your entire prAna order until 4/14/2017

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(Disclosure: I partnered with The Motherhood and prAna for this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine)
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PINK BLUSH MATERNITY + A GIVEAWAY

We are getting ready to celebrate Emory’s eight months and although this has been a crazy ride, the past eight months have really been the most incredible for our family. Not only did we add our third baby to our bunch, but we moved our family across the country and are experiencing a lot of firsts as a family of five.

With all of the changes that have been going,  it has been important for me to feel as comfortable as possible and one of the ways I like to do that, is by making sure that my wardrobe has plenty of transitional pieces. For me, transitional pieces have to be versatile and able to be worn year-round.

It’s been five years since I was pregnant with my first child and since then I have been in and out of the weird post-baby transitional stage.  My body hasn’t bounced back fully and adding more babies to the bunch have thrown my body for a loop. I still have a lot of my pre-baby clothes that I can’t get myself to part with, but I mostly live in a transitional wardrobe that I’ve curated over the past few years. I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped me through this weird post-baby stage. 

  1. Go by the way they feels not by its size. Sometimes size can be deceiving. Instead of going straight for your regular size jeans try on a couple of sizes bigger and just see what feels right. I have a pair of jean shorts that fit me very comfortably and I loved wearing them throughout the summer months, but I would have never picked them out because they were about four sizes bigger than I would usually wear. I’ve lost some of the weight but having that extra room allows me to move around and chase after kids rather than feeling restrained by my shorts.
  2. Layer. Layering pieces help me to not only make the best use of my wardrobe, but helps me mix-and-match and get creative with the pieces that I do wear  
  3. Find a brand that makes both confort and style a priority. I love Pink Blush! They are a trendy online boutique and I have been talking about them since before Haddon and was born. I like the way they focus on the transitional stage and their prints and fabric always make me feel pretty and put together like this mint green floral chiffon dress. Also, because transitional stage is a priority for them, I know that I don’t have to worry about the fit because they are always flattering. 

The transitional stage is tough. Your body is adjusting,  your hormones are through the roof and finding something to wear shouldn’t be a daunting task.  If anything, having transitional pieces in your wardrobe take the stress away form having to fit into all of your pre-baby clothes and who needs that stress?

Here’s the really cool news… 

Pink Blush is hosting $50 Pink Blush giveaway! 

Just two ways to enter:

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  2. Follow our @aleandtere on Instagram (+ tag a friend) 

Giveaway closes on February 10th at 11:59pm EST. 

Good luck!!

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