Unless you’ve been living under a rock there’s an old saying of “Black Don’t Crack”. While this may be true in most cases, if you don’t take care of your mind, body and soul you’ll end up looking a hot ratchet mess! I for one am not about that life and would like to keep looking “29” LOL It wasn’t until I reached my 40s before I finally found a perfect combination of things to help me look and feel younger! Now my knees on the other hand haven’t caught on to that but hopefully they’ll catch on soon!
I’ve also learned that the price of a product doesn’t necessarily mean its going to work the best. Many of the items I use are over the counter and I splurge on a few products that I know will do what they promise and more.
1 | Maintain a Good Skin Care Regimen
I like to keep my skin care regimen very simple. My dad is knocking on 80 and I swear that man doesn’t have ONE SINGLE WRINKLE! And my mom also keeps her regimen simple and has been using Ponds Cold Cream since I was a teenager. My skin however is very oily and it took what seems like years before I finally figured out a good combination. I use Bioré® Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser with my face brush, follow that with a hyaluronic acid serum with vitamin C and Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. I’ve been dealing with my face looking like I smeared chicken grease on it toward the middle of the day and JUST learned about gel moisturizers. And once a week I’ll use my charcoal face mask from KJ Naturals. I’m also wanting to incorporate treating myself to monthly facials. 😉
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Money Services. All opinions are 100% mine.
The grocery store and I have a love/hate relationship. I love food but hate grocery shopping. LOL
According to the calendar, Fall officially started a few weeks ago. Nashville clearly didn’t get the memo and its been in the 80s & 90s this entire time. But at some point Mother Nature will catch up and that cool crisp air that I so miss and love will be here.
One of my favorite things to make when it gets cooler is chili. Earlier this year I did a 30-Day Vegan Challenge and noticed how much better I felt and even lost some weight! One of the hardest things in the beginning was trying to figure out how to get what I needed without going to a specialty grocery store. Luckily for me my local Kroger has an entire aisle dedicated to just what I needed. As a Kroger Plus Card member, I didn’t realize that in addition to the everyday savings on my favorite grocery items, the program includes benefits from the money services area. This works great for me because I can do my shopping and take care of money matters at the same time.
Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods and its super easy to make. I typically have most of the ingredients in my pantry and just need fresh vegetables.
Back in December, before I started the vegan challenge, I did a 21-day smoothie bowl challenge. It was the BEST way for me to transition into a vegan lifestyle. Not only are smoothie bowls delicious, but they can literally provide all of the nutrients you need in a day!
Smoothie bowls are literally what they sound like but even better. You combine your favorite fruits and veggies, whip them up and serve them in a bowl. Smoothie bowl are HUGE on Instagram and I love checking out how creative people are when they make them. My smoothie bowls typically look like something a 3-year-old would make, but still taste amazing!
Last month I had the chance to review the book Beautiful Smoothie Bowls by Carissa Bonham. She is the writer behind the popular blog, Creative Green Living, pulls together eighty delectable recipes for smoothies so good that your kids, friends, and veggie-hating spouse will be begging for more. There are also vegan, dairy-free, paleo and gluten-free recipes in the book as well. [Read more…]