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Today I am sharing my simple skincare routine. These are the products that I am using right now, and they have been working great. I have used other great products before, but these are my current favorites. My skin is normal, and since I have been pregnant I have gotten some hormonal breakouts. Sometimes I like to switch around my products, but I have been trying to stick with these since they have been helping my skin.
What I love about this cleanser is that it is super simple and gentle. It just gets your skin clean! It doesn’t treat anything and I have never had any issues with it. When I was in college and had some breakouts, I realized that my skin did not react well to using harsh treatment cleansers, gentle cleansers gave me much better skin. I started using this when I was pregnant with Sophia. I switched at some point, and then when I got pregnant and my skin was acting a little weird, I switched back to this and it made a huge difference.
This is one of those things that I didn’t really know I needed until I started using it. I got this as a Christmas gift from my mom a few years back, and fell in love with it. It gives you a great deep clean without being harsh on your skin. It is gentle enough to use every day, and I love using it. You can keep it in the shower as well. It is on a timer which reminds me to spend a few extra seconds getting my skin really clean instead of rushing through washing my face.
This is the newest product on my list. I love Origins “A Perfect World” moisturizer, but thought it might be a bit heavy during this pregnancy since I was having some hormonal breakouts. I heard about this product on YouTube and then came across it in a store and decided to give it a try. I have really enjoyed it! It is a great price, all natural, smells AMAZING, and is very moisturizing and energizing to your skin.
I love this product! I have slightly sensitive eyes and have had some irritation from eye creams I have used in the past, but this one is amazing. I seem to get dark circles during pregnancy…I am not sure if it is from the lack of sleep or hormonal. This treats and brightens up my under eyes…of course a little concealer also helps!
That is about it. It is a super simple, basic routine…but it is working! I would love to hear if you love any of these products or if you have any other recomendations!
We love Christmas at our house…we usually have decorated by the beginning of November. This year has been a bit different though. Since we are living in the midst of a renovation, and a lot of our things are still in storage, Christmas decorating took a bit of a back burner. Last week we finally got everything out of storage and bought our first real tree. We have had a small artificial tree since the first year of our marriage which worked great in our little rentals…but with out new home and much higher ceilings…we decided to get a fresh tree.
We went to the Christmas tree farm and picked out the perfect 9ft tree…it is huge…and we love it. We settled on the perfect spot in the living room and decorated the tree as a family. This included one trip to walmart for more cords to connect our lights too, after we blew out the first cord because of how many lights we had on the tree.
Stella is loving all things Christmas this year, and turning the lights on the tree on each morning is her favorite thing. It has been a good reminder to just enjoy the simple things. Stella doesn’t care that our kitchen isn’t working yet, or that the sawdust spreads through the entire house, and that there are boxes everywhere. She soaks up the magic in the things that are good, like a pretty Christmas tree, and stockings hung on the fireplace. Trying to take a few lessons from girl.
And of course she was so excited to put the star on top of the tree…even if it made me a little nervous.
I am so excited to be giving away a Simplified by Emily Ley! I talked a little bit last week about how much I love this planner, and Emily has graciously donated one of these gorgeous sold out planners to be given away! If you are wanting to get organized and simplify for the new year, this is the planner for you! You can enter below!
I have been using Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner for several years, and I have seen it evolve over that time. However, this past year I decided to try out the Day Designer by Whitney English. I thought I would write a bit about the two, and what I ultimately decided to do for this year.
I started out with the first Simplified Planner in binder form, and I loved it. I blogged about it here a few years ago. I bought my second Simplified Planner in the gorgeous turquoise, and I actually still use it today to go along with my planner. Though the binder was too big to carry with me to appointments, it works amazing as a hub for all of my home and business papers. It is perfect to keep on my desk with business forms, lists of blog post ideas, notes, plans for upcoming designs, etc.
Shortly before Emily Ley released her spiral bound Simplified Planner, I heard about The Day Designer. I really loved the clean black and white stripes, and I had several friends that used it so I thought I would give it a try. The Day Designer is specifically designed for Entrepreneurs, it has lots of extras. There are worksheets in the front, and lots of extra boxes on the daily planner pages. Each day has a “Today’s Top Three” for your top “To Do’s” as well as an hourly schedule, to do section, daily gratitude, download section, and boxes for due, dollars, dinner, and don’t forget.
However, as I used the planner throughout the year, there were several things that I didn’t feel totally worked for me. For me, it seemed a little busy for my needs. I think for a lot of creative entrepreneurs it is probably perfect, but for me it was just a bit too much. I never used the front worksheets, because I felt that Lara Casey’s power sheets worked a little better for me. I left a lot of the little boxes on the daily pages blank, because I didn’t have a specific use for them, and though I was initially very excited about the ‘Today’s top three” section, I found that I didn’t like having my to do list separated on different parts of the page. Another silly thing was that the pages were cream, instead of white…and my white loving heart really wanted those crisp white pages.
I think the Day Designer is an amazing product for business women, and I love the sleek black and white stripes, but I was feeling ready to head back to my Simplified Planner.
I looked at pictures, debated and even chatted with some friends who had used both. Ultimately, I decided to go with the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. I have been following Emily Ley for years, and I adore her heart, if you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I have a passion for simplifying, and living intentionally, and I love that she shares that passion. The biggest reason I decided to use the Simplified Planner…is because it is Simplified! Other planners that I have used or looked at seem to have lots going on, and though all those “extras” might be helpful to some women…for me it was just a distraction. I LOVE the clean, simplicity of the Simplified Planner. The daily pages are crisp, clean, and white, and all they have listed is the hourly breakdown, a “To Do” section, a dinner box, and a notes section.
I think both of these planner are created by amazing women, and that they both have great features. The simplicity of the Simplified Planner is what I truly love and need, and I am excited to dive in for 2015! I would love to hear what kind of planner you use! Leave a comment below and let me know!
images from Emily Ley and The Day Designer