Monday, December 25, 2017

ApotheCARE Essentials Shampoo & Conditioner

This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own. #ApotheCAREPartner #ApotheCAREessentials

My family and I just returned from a weekend trip to Boise, Idaho to visit my in-laws for the holidays. We decided to meet somewhere in the middle so the neither of us would be driving too far in bad weather during the holidays. Plus, it would save time for all parties involved if we didn't have to spend two full days driving there and back. Last, what kid doesn't love staying at a hotel? I can't say it is a favorite of mine but my kids love having breakfast buffet every morning, indoor pools and late night slumber parties. We had a great time visiting with cousins, siblings and grandparents and now it is back to regular life. 

One of the things I like best when returning home after a long trip (particularly car trips) is a little pampering. After being busy all weekend, braving cold weather and non-stop fun having I like a little R & R. As a mother those moments are brief but I find that R & R through the use of premium beauty products. It doesn't take a lot of extra time but it definitely provides results that feel great.

I was recently sent the ApotheCARE Essential Shampoo and Conditioner. They are a new premium beauty line that is offered from CVS. Made with specially selected ingredients ApotheCARE Essential products are inspired by nature and powered by science. This means you get the great natural scent of Rosehip Oil, Geranium and Aloe Vera along with results like dynamic volume and enhanced natural movement. The greatest part about this product is there are No Parabens, No Dyes and No Silicones. All you are getting is great fragrance with superior look and feel. The ApotheCARE Essentials Conditioner also includes distilled cactus milk, extracted Moroccan mint and steam distilled lavender. These products nourish and wrap around every strand of hair for premium hair fiber care.

Opening the ApotheCARE Essentials products in the shower is like taking a step into a luxury spa. The scent is reminiscent to expensive spa treatments which definitely makes your tiny little R & R moment feel even more special. The texture is smooth, thick and creamy which feels luxurious compared to inexpensive counterparts. In the end you are left with smooth, silky hair that looks better, smells great and feels voluminous. I can now check my R & R moment off my checklist. Now onto my other tasks.

You can pick up the premium ApotheCARE Essentials products from your local CVS. They are on limited release in store but you can definitely find them online at


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#28DayChallenge With Olay

This post is sponsored by TapInfluence & Olay however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #28DayChallenge

Do you ever have those days where you look in the mirror and you are surprised at your reflection? It is when you really stop to take a good look at your reflections and staring back at you is a face you recognize with marks that you have never seen before. I get it, aging is a part of life and there is no way of stopping it and I am not necessarily trying to. What I do want is for time to slow down. For aging to slow down. I want to feel like life isn't flying by in the blink of an eye and I want to look at myself in the mirror without feeling like the years have slipped past undetected and the evidence has suddenly shown itself. Add four kids, lack of sleep and busy life to the mix and those smile lines, frown lines and all the lines in between start taking residence in your skin. Personally, I would like to give those lines an eviction notice.

That's where the Olay #28DayChallenge comes in. I have done this challenge before with great results and after a summer of sun damage and a fall of sleep deprivation my skin is begging for a little TLC. Give me a skin care program that is easy, effective and budget friendly so that I can fight back against time aging.

Below is an image that hasn't been retouched to remove those fine lines and wrinkles. When I smile my happiness is written all over my face and I am completely okay with that. Would I rather those lines be short stories instead of a novel? Yes, please. With the Olay #28DayChallenge I will be doing simple two step skin care system that will combat those signs of aging. An Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser and a Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream two products that make up the #28DayChallenge. I use the cleanser and the moisturizer (which includes an SPF 30) in the mornings and in the evenings I use the cleanser, moisturizer and eye cream.

What I love about the Olay skin care regimen is how easy and simple it is while also being effective. I see results immediately. My skin instantly feels soothed, moisturized and hydrated which in return helps it look younger and glowing. Immediate results are always a bonus! The Micro-Sculpting Cream helps deliver visibly younger results and that is exactly the type of results I am looking for.

If you are in the market for improved skin or just want to change things up then this #28DayChallenge is the one for you. Pick up these products on your next trip to the grocery store. You can find them in the beauty aisle of your local major retailer and get yourself on the road to visibly younger looking skin. I'll see you there! ;)



Monday, November 20, 2017

Cute & Easy Hairstyle For Girls With Suave Kids

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SamsClubHairCollection

With the holidays here we are looking for easy (but cute!) hair solutions for my girls. We are always on the run so we want to make sure they look their best with the least amount of time invested. I'm not saying my girls are high maintenance, but they definitely have an opinion on how they want their hair done, how they want to dress and of course, what products they want to use. One product I never have to bargain to convince them to use is the Suave Kids Frozen Shampoo & Conditioner. It is a two-in-one product which means it saves time but it doesn't compromise on leaving their hair soft and smooth. Plus it is Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested to ensure that it is tear free and easy on the skin. My little sensitive souls are very unhappy when soap gets in their eyes so tear free is a must. 

One of my favorite go-to hairstyles for my girls are using cute oversized headbands. I quickly throw their hair into a pony tail and add the headband and voilá, cute hairstyle achieved. If I am feeling really ambitious I'll throw in a braid with the pony. Whoa, talk about increasing level of difficulty. (j/k) My girls love this style because they think it helps them look like JoJo Siwa. I know she's a Disney Popstar but I can't tell you much about her other than she wears a lot of hair bows LOL.

Trust me, it takes no convincing during bath time to get them to use these cute Elsa products from Suave Kids. The Suave Kids Disney Frozen Shampoo and Conditioner are always a favorite for my girls. Note: you'll probably hear a lot of singing in the bathroom thanks to this product. Thankfully Frozen tunes are some of our favorite tunes.

Speaking of saving time just ask who has two thumbs and loves saving time & money? This girl. Thanks to Sam's Club you can do both. You can pick up your favorite beauty products for the entire family at prices that are super accessible and affordable. The best part is you can use your Sam's Club Scan & Go App and/or the Club Pick Up to get your products easily, efficiently and without waiting in line. You can go one step further by using the Sam's Club Subscription Program to ensure you never run out of your favorite Unilever products. With the Sam's Club Subscription Program you'll have these products delivered to your door. Win/Win!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Axe & Caress At Sam's Club

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #BetterTogetherSC

I am a mom of four kids and that means I can occasionally go crazy be busy keeping everyone and everything together. For instance, an afternoon at our house can consist of putting the baby down for a nap, oldest gets home, pick up the girls from school, take my middle to Activity Days, take my oldest to football, make dinner and feed baby, pick up oldest from football take him to basketball, return home to help younger girls finish homework and cleanup dinner, pick up oldest from basketball and return home for family scripture study and prayer before bed. Phew! That seriously makes me tired just looking at it. To say I need life hacks on how to make things run smoothly is an understatement. I need ALL the life hacks. One of my favorite most recently learned life hacks would be the Sam's Club Scan and Go App along with the Club Pick Up. I can get all of my favorite products in one place and as a mom of four, buying things individually is just not economically savvy, hence the beauty of Sam's Club.

And by beauty I really mean beauty. They have all of our beauty needs. My whole family smells great thanks to the AXE Black Fragrance and Caress Daily Silk Body Wash. The two products work great to complement each other and each has a unique scent that works great with the other.

My oldest is a huge fan of the AXE products (and let's be honest, what tween/teenager isn't?!) and my girls love the perfumed scent of the Caress Body Wash. Smelling good is the final key to the trifecta for these cute and smart kiddos. I mean...

Check out this video below and take a quick trip with us through Sam's Club and I will show you just how easy (and fun!) it can be to pick up your most needed beauty products from Sam's Club:

To find out more about these two great products you can click the image above. It is linked to the Sam's Club page which will guide you to finding your best scent. Or your kids' best scent. Or your husbands' best scent. Whatever scent you may be looking for. 

Now I can take one more thing off my to-do list to help make my life run a little smoother. That's a win.


Friday, October 20, 2017

NEXXUS Hair Care and Tutorial

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SamsClubHairCollection

You may remember my post here where I got a little silly and shared a Sam's Club shopping experience with my favorite guys (Tman and Cohen). I shared one of my favorite premium pick ups from Sam's Club and that is the NEXXUS Shampoo and Conditioner. You can grab these products in large (AKA family size) bottles near the pharmacy aisle and I love the fact that I can stock up on my favorite products while also stocking my pantry which allows me to eliminate extra stops and multiple stores. Three cheers for efficiency - hip hip hooray! hip hip hooray! hip hip hooray!

Additionally Sam's Club has made it easier than ever to do your shopping. Sam's Club started the new Scan & Go program where you can download the Scan & Go app on your phone and scan products and pay while you are shopping. Simply scan each item as you drop it in your cart. Your card is on file and will be charged accordingly. Skip the hassle of lines or checkout and show your Scan & Go receipt as you leave. OR if you are a fan of the pre-order you can order your items through the app and pick them up at the store eliminating the need to even enter. The last brilliant thing they have done is the Sam's Club Subscription Program. Sign up with the items you use regularly and they will be automatically shipped to your doorstep at your requested intervals of time. We go through these extra large NEXXUS Shampoo and Conditioners roughly every two months. With the subscription program I don't have to worry about ever running out. Phew!

Now that I have raved about how easy it is to shop your favorite beauty products from Sam's Club, let's talk about how great these products actually are. The NEXXUS Therappe and Humectress not only replenish hair fiber but they also restore moisture leaving your hair smooth and frizz free. These rehydrating essential nutrients help your hair to retain its natural movement and restores flexibility to those of us who may be suffering from dry or brittle hair. Obviously all good reasons it is my go-to, right?!

I put together this tutorial showing my daily hairstyle. Yes, I pretty much wear the exact same style daily. It is quick, it is easy and I think it helps my hair look styled without spending a ton of time 'styling'. Check out the Instagram Video Tutorial below:

Get more information on products, Scan & Go, Store Pick-up and more by click the image above.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

StriVectin Skincare for Fall

This post is sponsored by StriVectin however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now that school is in session it is kind of nice to have a few more moments to myself during the day. This means a change in my schedule, workouts have to happen before school - yikes! On the flip side once the kids are off to school there is no ticking clock on how fast I have to shower and get ready in the morning which is a bonus and a luxury. StriVectin recently reached out and asked me to give some of their Advanced Acid products a try and with my new schedule I thought, why not? I'm feeling free as a bird with my kids in school during the day ;)

The Advanced Acids line is comprised of three products: Skin Reset Mask, Rapid Recovery Milk & Dual-Response Serum. This skin care line is designed to target aging skin with the changing agents of Advanced Acids to help bring about results. Below I have photographed the three textures of the products to give you an idea of their consistency. The Skin Reset Mask being thick, the Rapid Recovery Milk is a thinner/milkier consistency and the Dual-Response Serum is smooth but binding.

The Advanced Acid Skin Reset Mask is a product you only use once to twice a week. It is a five minute Glycolic resurfacing mask that helps to retexturize the surface of your skin. Pairing the most effective of the alpha hydroxy acids (Glycolic Acid) with the NIA114 which is a StriVectin patented molecule it resurfaces your skin without being granular and harsh. You will see results in just five minutes but the slow release Glycolic will continue to work on rejuvenating skin cells. What is nice about this mask is that your skin is not left feeling raw and irritated but rather moisturized and glowing.

The Advanced Acid Rapid Recovery Milk pairs that same patented NIA114 molecule with Oleic Acid which is an Omega-9 fatty acid. This pairing helps to replenish the skin's outermost moisture layer. This milk works with the strength of an oil but is soothing and nourishing like a milk. This repair helps skin retain a more youthful appearance by restoring the skin's resiliency. Use this product after cleansing in the morning and at night. The hydrating component helps your makeup application look amazing thanks to the plumping and moisturizing of your skin.

Last product in the Advanced Acid collection is the Dual-Response Serum. This serum pairs the NIA114 with Hyaluronic Acid which is a hydrating molecule that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water! This pairing makes for an effective dual-action product to help moisturize dehydrated skin and sustain that hydration. If you are like me the winter months are brutal in dehydrating my skin and need products that are jam packed with moisturizing ingredients to help me maintain smooth, moisturized and youthful skin. This Dual-Response Serum is just the product.

Using all of these Advanced Acid products in my skincare routine help packs a mean punch against aging. My skin feels better, looks better and wears makeup better after using these products. This momma couldn't be happier with the results.

For more information on the StriVectin Advanced Acids collection or for purchasing information be sure to visit www.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Redbook Red Box Beauty

This post is sponsored by Redbook however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #redbookredbeautybox

Hello, my name is Kristie and I am a beauty product junkie. The first step is admitting it, right? I love to test out new products or try the latest goods that have hit the market so when presented with the opportunity to test out Redbook's Red Beauty Box naturally I felt impelled to say 'Yes, please'. Included in the Red Beauty Box are the full size samples of the hottest beauty brands: Sexy Hair, Mary Kay, Curél, Finishing Touch, and MegRhythm.

I am a long time fan of Curél products and the Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is no exception. It is a lotion that is meant to be applied immediately after showering before you even towel dry. The idea is that after showering, your pores are open which provides an easy pathway for moisture to get absorbed into your just-showered skin. The Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex which penetrates deeply into the skin and brings moisture to the source of dryness. Ceramides are something that are naturally found in the skin and are missing when skin is dry and damaged. This Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer helps replenish your skin's ceramics levels leaving it soft and hydrated.

When you are finished moisturizing apply some of this Mary Kay Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask. This triple-action mask deeply cleanses skin and immediately reduces shine. The mask is made with activated charcoal which is an ingredient with the power to bind up to double its weight in pore-clogging impurities. This makes it the perfect 'magnet' to unclog pores. Enjoy the cooling sensation as you smooth the formula across your skin and leave it on while you get dressed or style your hair. Remove the Mary Kay Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing mask and your face is ready for the day, with or without makeup.

Next is the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Lite Soft Volumizing and Texturizing Powder. I can't put into words just how much I love this product. No, seriously, I am obsessed! The Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Lite Soft Volumizing and Texturizing Powder is a dispensing system that mists powder in a cloud like spray. The powder is a talc free formula that instantly creates volume and texture. You know those braids you see all over Pinterest? They are using this product. Love that new mohawk braid style? Use this product. Do the men in your life want the thick coif of hair? Use this product. Do your kids have fine hair that can be difficult to style? Use this product. Seriously this product is so multi-use my ENTIRE family uses it. So just trust me already and buy it, ok?

Now, if you are anything like me and by 9pm flop onto the couch in sheer exhaustion this might just be the product for you. By the end of the day I am exhausted. Every ounce of energy has been drained from a day of exercise, mothering, working, cooking, playing chauffeur and overall problem solver. Pop one of these MegRythm Gentle Steam Eye Masks on and find instant relief. This eye mask has a self-heating technology that heightens relaxation and relieves tired eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat. The steam heat helps to moisten and relax tired eyes while also hydrating the surrounding skin. I am bringing one on our road trip today so that I can get a little R&R while my husband drives.

Last is the Finishing Touch Flawless. What is the Finishing Touch Flawless? You may have already seen it on television. The Finishing Touch Flawless is the new gold standard in facial hair removal for women. The hypoallergenic 18 karat gold-plated head removes hair instantly and painlessly with no irritation. It is compact enough you can keep it in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups. I am one of those women who keeps it in my car's console so that when I am sitting and waiting for my kids in the school carpool lane I'll whip this out and do a quick touch up in the car. Easy peasy.

All of these great products can be found in one spot - here on the blog! I have included links to each product, be sure to check them out and trust me when I say there are definitely some MUST BUYS! At least this beauty junkie thinks so ;)