Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DIY Facial Care Kit

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Even as an adult, my skin has never been as clear as I would like it to be. I still get the occasional breakouts that leave me feeling like an awkward teenager. To add to it, now I have some signs of aging and signs of too much sun exposure. Not to mention, redness and irritated pores. Eek!


I know it would help a lot if I remembered to wash my face in the evenings. I am notorious for going to bed without washing my face! By the time the day is over and the little one is in bed, I’m just ready to crash and zone out for the night. Any other mamas with me on this?


So I decided to put together a facial care kit for the evenings. I wanted it to have all of the essentials, yet be an easy and low-effort way for me to take better care of my skin. I can keep it in my upstairs bathroom or even beside my bed. It’ll be that easy! No excuses.


Did you know that the new Differin® Gel is the first only prescription strength retinoid that’s available over the counter? It's the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years! It has a history as a proven acne treatment and is supposed to help with clearing and preventing mild to moderate acne. I’ve never tried anything stronger than mild face soap, so I’m interested in giving the new Differin® Gel a try.


I found it at Target with the other skin care products.

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It’s supposed to clear breakouts before they even start-- so it works deep within the pores. I’m hoping that helps with some of the enlarged pores that I have on my nose. It should clear the acne I have and prevent breakouts before they even begin and as a result, help to restore my skin’s texture and tone.


Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.


However, Differin® Gel is not a spot treatment, but something you apply in a thin layer over your entire face once a day, every day. The goal is to prevent future breakouts from even happening.


While using the gel, you’re supposed to continue to cleanse and moisturize your face, so I decided to also try the Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (hello convenience!), and Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15.


So here we go! Here is my bare faced, #BeforeDifferinJourney photo in all its glory.


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So here’s what I used to put the Facial Care Kit together.


  • Small carryall to keep it all in
  • Differin® Gel 45g
  • Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
  • Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
  • Microfiber body cloth


First, I used this super cute pink polka dot carryall to hold it all. It’s nice because it has a handle, plus plenty of room to hold the essentials-- yet small enough to set on a bedside table. And what girl doesn’t love the color pink?


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Next, I included all of the essentials. The first being Differin® Gel tube.


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Since this kit is meant to be an easy way to wash my face-- of course I needed a facial cleanser! I included the Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths for dry, sensitive skin. And for the times I want a little extra cleansing before using the cleansing cloths, I also included a microfiber body cloth.


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The Cetaphil® Gentle Cleansing Cloths come in a pack of 25.


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And last but not least, it’s important to have a moisturizer. I have been looking for a good facial moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, so I’m happy to be trying out the Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 15.


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Lastly, place all of the items into the carryall, and you’re good to go! Hopefully there will be clear skin in my future! I will be back to update you all on the results!


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Do you struggle with acne? What steps have you taken to improve your skin? Have you tried Differin® Gel?


You can find more Differin® Gel inspiration on the social hub here.


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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saving the Special Moments: DIY Family First Aid Kit

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One of our family traditions is to visit the apple orchard every year in the fall. My husband and I started doing this when we were dating and have only missed maybe one time in 10 years. These trips are a lot more fun now that we have Little Miss Sunshine in the picture! There’s nothing like seeing life through the eyes of a child.


We look forward to it every year! I have to admit, one of our favorite parts is being able to enjoy those apple cider donuts hot and fresh from the kitchen! Yummy. They are definitely a fall staple, am I right?

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This past year was especially fun since Little Miss Sunshine was old enough to enjoy all of the activities. She absolutely loved it! You definitely have to be on your toes with a toddler! She is fast and definitely not scared or shy. These trips are not quite as relaxing as they used to be, but certainly more fun!


She enjoyed the slides, the playground equipment-- especially the school bus and train built out of wood. That seemed to be a kid favorite! There were plenty of tumbles and falls-- such is life with a toddler! Thankfully, her tears didn’t last long and she was on the move again.



She loved watching all of the animals at the petting zoo area. Her favorite part was watching the goat eat from a bucket that you could send out to a tall stand where the goats would climb up to eat from the bucket.



This year, my parents and younger brother were able to come along with us. Of course, Little Miss Sunshine gets spoiled by the grandparents so she got to go on a pony ride. She absolutely loved it--until she quickly got bored and wanted off the pony mid-ride. Toddlers!


But later on she wanted to ride again so she got a second ride. I told you she is spoiled!


I don’t know what it is about trips like this-- whether it’s the constant action and natural anxiety that I seem to feel in public situations (especially when taking care of the little one), the bright sunshine, or whatever the case-- I almost always end up with a terrible headache. I’ve had migraine headaches on and off since I was a child.


Whatever the reason, I know my headache requires a headache solution that will bring fast relief-- more specifically my migraine requires a migraine solution! I can use Excedrin® Migraine  and know that it will start to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes. Afterall, it’s #1 Neurologist Recommended OTC.* (Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016)


Make sure to consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines to make sure you receive a migraine diagnosis before you use Excedrin® Migraine.  If you use Excedrin® Migraine, definitely use as directed and refer to the Excedrin® instructions regarding usage on the bottle.

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I buy Excedrin® Migraine at Walmart in the Pain Relief section near the pharmacy.


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To sum it all up, I’m thankful that I have a solution to these headaches so that I don’t have to miss out on these special moments in my life! It’s a good idea to keep Excedrin® Migraine on hand if you suffer from migraines. I like to keep some in the car with our family first aid kit essentials. It comes in useful on the ordinary days too.


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I wanted a first aid kit that not only had the essentials, but also had something for the little one to help turn the tears into a smile when she gets a little owie. So I created my own! It’s super easy to make a family first aid kit of your own.


First, you’ll need a case to keep it all in. I just used a Glamour Case that I had on hand because it’s the perfect size, has a handle to make it easy to carry, a couple of compartments, is easy to clean, and is pretty cute too!

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Next, there are some things that are essential in a first aid kit-- stretch rolled gauze, gauze pads of different sizes, and paper tape. Of course, you’ll also need gauze scissors and bandages. I included fun and brightly colored bandages for the little one, and standard bandages for the adults.


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Little Miss Sunshine is always telling me she has an owie because she wants a fun bandage-- so they’re always a hit and sure to bring a smile to a little one’s face. In addition to that, I included a few stickers and little suckers. You could even include small toys from the dollar store that would fit in your first aid kit.


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Next, I included Excedrin® Migraine, burn gel, antiseptic spray, and an itch relief stick for those pesky bug bites. Everything you’ll need to cure the common concerns.


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Just place everything in your first aid case of your choice, and you have a handy family first aid kit to keep with you on the go.


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To sum it up, here’s what I used:

  • Glamour Case
  • Stretch rolled gauze
  • Gauze pads of different sizes
  • Gauze scissors
  • Paper tape
  • Traditional bandages
  • Fun, bright-colored bandages
  • Excedrin® Migraine
  • Burn gel
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Itch stick for bug bites
  • Stickers or other fun items for the littles
  • Suckers

The instructions are simple: throw all of the items in your case and you’re good to go!


What would you keep in your family first aid kit? Has Excedrin® Migraine saved special moments in your life?

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