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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.


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!

Three tips to healthy skin

Three steps to healthy skin

Three tips to healthy skin

Three steps to healthy skin Three steps to healthy skin

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!

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

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If you have followed along with our Instagram stories, you know that we love dance parties. We crank up the tunes and Alex, the kids and I dance aur hearts out until we are all out of breath! We all take turns picking our favorite tunes and we all pull out our best dance moves.  Because dancing makes us all hungry, today I’m teaming up with El Yucateco® to share my recipe for crispy fried plantains with the spicy a Aioli.  These little guys are super easy to whip up and they make the best dance party snack!

I am also sharing a coupon, and some information and how you can enter to win a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience!

El Yucateco® will now be available at select stadiums and The House of Blues, and since they are music lovers just like us, they want to give you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.

#KingofFlavorSweepstakes (5/9 to 7/4)

Here’s a print at home coupon for $1.oo off your purchase of three bottles.

Coupon starts 5/9 and runs through July!

Our dance parties are usually accompanied by our favorite snacks and these days we are loving fried plantains with a kick! So, turn up the tunes, put on your dancing shoes, and enjoy this spicy and fun recipe.


Two large green plantains- peeled and cut into 1 inch rounds

1/3 cup of vegetable or peanut oil

Salt to taste

Spicy aioli

1 cup of mayonnaise

2 tablespoons of El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce –  I love this hot sauce because it is made with fresh red habanero peppers, tomato, spices and select seasonings. This is the perfect “all purpose” hot sauce and it fits in your purse (or diaper bag) so you can pull it out when you’re on the go!

2 tablespoons of lime juice

pinch of salt



In a skillet, heat oil on medium heat (test it by dipping the back of a wooden spoon in the oil.  If it sizzles, it’s ready). Fry plantains, turning until all sides are lightly golden (about four minutes each side) Remove from skillet and press between two pieces of paper towel to flatten. Return to skillet and continue to fry until crispy. Remove and salt lightly.

Meanwhile, wisk mayonnaise, salt, lime juice and El Yucateco® hot sauce. El Yucateco® is the number one authentic habanero hot sauce, it is made from a habanero’s and picked from their own fields, their flavor is super rich and it has the right amount of heat.

If your dance party involves heading out to a concert, you’re in luck! El Yucateco® is now available at select stadiums and the House of Blues.

I also wanted to share with you what we’re dancing to these days. Grace and Haddon have their favorite playlist which includes theme songs to their favorite movies. They ask me to play it in the car, at home, while they shower and brush their teeth.  My playlist is a little more sophisticated… just kidding it isn’t. These days I’m jamming to 90’s hit songs that bring Alex and I back to our childhood days! Grace thinks we’re a little goofy, but we just keep dancing along!

Here’s to El Yucateco® hot sauce, fried plantains and dancing until morning!

And just incase you were wondering, you can pick up El Yucateco® hot sauces at Target!

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Recently I read a quote that says “cook like you don’t have to clean.” There so much freedom in the thought of cooking without reservations and allowing the mess to pile up in the name of great food. The problem with that quote, is that no matter how great the meal is, the pots and pans need to be scrubbed, the dishes need to be rinsed and it all has to get done before bedtime!

I’m teaming up with Scotch-Brite™ Brand to share with you my go-to Butternut Squash and Sausage Casserole Recipe.

This casserole is delicious and a little messy, but with help from Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, you will cook, clean and have plenty of time to spend with those you love.

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of dry thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of dry basil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a medium casserole dish

Toss the cubed bread in a roasting pan and bake until golden. Approximately five minutes but watch it carefully!

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the sausage.  Cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the sausage and brown (for about 8 minutes).  Add the leeks and squash and cook down until the leeks are soft, about 3 minutes (you may add a little chicken broth to pick up the brown bits off the bottom). Add salt, pepper, thyme and basil. Add the focaccia cubes and 1 tablespoon of butter and toss until the butter melts.

In the meantime, whisk the egg and chicken broth in a bowl until smooth; stir in the 1/2 cup of the parmesan. Pour the broth mixture over the bread mixture; cook until the liquid is absorbed by the bread, about 1 minute and transfer into the prepared casserole dish. (You can stop here if you are making this dish the night before, cover and put it in the refrigerator) 

Scatter the 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese evenly on top and bake until golden and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes before serving.  

Ok, so once you make this delicious recipe, you are going to have to clean up.  For this mess, my tool of choice is the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge! Some people like to use dish cloths, but I am #TeamSponge all the way!
I think it’s important to have the Right Tools for Every Surface and for this casserole dish and my oven, I like the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge.  It removes tough baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges and can be used on pots, pans and oven racks (psss…. I also use it on my garage door!)  Then, after the casserole dish an the oven are clean, I use the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and clean the sink, the counters, and stovetop!

I say cook like you know the cleaning is a piece of cake!

Get more cleaning inspiration here and download the coupon below

Also, you can enter to win a Scotch-Brite™ Scrubstakes for the chance to win a $20,000 kitchen makeover!!!

Also, you can purchase Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge at Kroger, or other Kroger banner stores.
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