Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter Winter, what have you done with my skin! Skincare Routine

Old man winter always has a way of messing with our hair, skin and lips. I cannot tell you how many jars of Blistex me and hubby go through weekly to help our lips survive from being chapped and dry.

My face is a whole other thing.

In the winter, I actually have to change my products, the way I use them and how much I use.

**Since I came across Arbonne and chemical/paraben free products, I have changed my skin care and make-up to   healthier and safer options, which is what you will see in my skincare routine below.**

Normally I would do the normal cleanser, toner, acne medication and moisturizer but in the winter I HAVE to take out toner completely in hope of not taking away any more moisture that my skin needs.

Here is a run down of what I use, and of course no skin care would be complete with out my Mia2 Clarisonic:

For the most part, daily I like to use the Live Clean Foam Cleanser with my Mia2, rinse well then apply my Live Clean Moisturizer. They go hand in hand and leave my face feeling supple, well moisturized and light.

When the weather gets really cold and i feel like my face feels dry (doesn't happen a lot), I like to use my Arbonne products from the FC5 line. They are amazing to use when you have dry skin and need a refreshing dose of moisture protection and a sealed in barrier. These products do not sell in store but online or through an Arbonne Consultant (I use to be one and even though I don't host parties anymore, I still love their products and purchase them often).

Weekly, I like to have a mask night where I use a mask that is good for the specific need my skin has. When i feel that my skin is congested and oily, this is my GO TO MASK! I love Origins products and this mask is no exception. Perfect for drawing out those deep impurities that cause skin to get oily and persistent breakouts. This is definitely one of my favourites and a must try!

And of course all my products work even better with my Clarisonic. I use the Deep Pore brush head, and I find that my skin works well with it. Every skin type is different and you must try until you know you've found the right one. I started with the sensitive, which they advise all new owners of the cleansing brush to do. I found that it was just to soft and wasn't doing my skin any justice. This one works great for me.

What do you normally add or take away from your skincare routine? 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Too "old" to find myself...?

I often have this battle with myself and those closest around me..

"Why can't you pick one thing you like and just do that?"

How else can I answer this question I struggle with constantly. Am I suppose to know what I want to do and have it all together just because I am married and has a child? When did I stop being a 23 year old girl searching for herself? Maybe it's because I'm His wife. Or maybe it's because I'm his mother. Or maybe its because I have those bills to pay.

What ever it is, it's telling me that I shouldn't be "testing the waters" with different career paths or new entrepreneurial ventures. And don't get me wrong, my husband supports ALL of my crazy, sometimes irrational dreams and "plans" I come up with for my life, but from time to time I can tell he gets exhausted of them. Maybe even scared that I can't seem to make up my mind... but what am I suppose to do? Just for the sake of his sanity or mine, pick something fast to stop wasting time and settle with it?

I can't do that.

I sometimes personally forget that I'm only in my early-twenties... that I had to "matured up" and fast due to me having my small family so early and all, also to the fact that I have always surrounded myself with older friends and family since I was a child. The point is, I really have talked myself into feeling guilty that I don't have it all together and that I should. And with this realization, came the point that it has been making it even worse on my part because I feel like I have to rush into something else fast to make up for not picking the right "thing" to do in the 1st place.

I think its about time I come to terms with this and really get this under control.

I am allowed to not have it all together.
I am allowed to make mistakes and try again.
I am allowed to follow my dreams, even if they don't make sense to anyone else.
I am allowed to look stupid at times when I realize I chose something wrong for me.
I am allowed to get back up and try something new.
I am allowed to be WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY because thats what 20-something year olds do...period.

I am a mother and a wife. I take these commitments very seriously and I try to do my best at them with all my heart and soul but I also have to focus on myself because if I can't be happy with the person I am, how can I be happy doing anything else?

Life is short.
It goes by fast.
It gets crazy hard, but it's also a gift from God.
It's a time where we should live with the utmost joy, love and passion while we are here. I want to make the best of this life I was blessed with, even if that means trying something new everyday.

I can no longer feel sorry for exploring MY waters. I also want to encourage other young moms to feel the same thing. We are girls at the end of the day. We have our own goals and our own ambitions too. We are human. We are not selfish nor are we silly for our dreams.


If not for anyone else but yourself. Trust me... your family will benefit from this, even if it doesn't look so now.

It will.

Thank-you for reading my bare heart on this blog post. <3
signed, a young mom with BIG dreams.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Inspiration - #2014BloggerChallenge

HAPPY 2014!!!!!

For our first #2014bloggerChallenge post, we are suppose to choose one picture, quote or thing that we have found inspirational and that we can use for our 2014 goals. 

For me, it was an obvious choice that I had to use a Lara Casey imagine from her shop because she has the most motivating quotes ever! I purchased my first set of her Power Sheets last year and they came with a beautiful gold foil card saying this:

After I received this package, I actually put this card up on my desk where I can always see it and resort back to it, especially on days where I feel lack of motivation. 

This quote to me simply means go and make the life you want and don't stop for anything or anyone. You have all the things you need to make your dreams come true NOW even if you think you don't. I love that it is very straight forward and that anyone can read it and can form their own motivation from it.

Hope you all have an Amazing 2014, Making Things Happen!!