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 ;)


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Style With Banana Republic

This post is sponsored by Banana Republic however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #itsbanana #bananarepublic #sponsored

It is the most wonderful time of the year. No seriously, I mean it. Fall fashion gives me all the heart eyes. I love being able to layer without overheating or seriously freezing. I love the option of wearing boots or open toe. I love the colors of fall. I know love is a strong word for how I feel but in all honesty, I am a legitimately twitterpated with fall fashion. Today I have partnered with one of the best destinations for fall fashion - Banana Republic - to bring you some fall style inspiration.

One of the most common things I hear when it comes to fashion, particularly fall fashion, is 'That's cute but I can't wear that.' Ladies, I don't know about you but I have never seen a book titled 'You Can't Wear That'. Fall styles are for everybody and every body. Over the knee boots look amazing on ALL body shapes, it is just a matter of finding the right style. Ponchos are the perfect layering piece for fall, providing you with warmth that can be loosely or tightly worn or even doubles as a blanket. Blazers are a MUST for fall style, allowing you to add color, layers and texture to your outfit. 

The first outfit I styled with Banana Republic is this adorable poncho. This reversible poncho can be layered on top of t-shirts, long sleeves and it also looks great over a blazer. I like the neutral Ivory/Camel color combo that allows it to be worn with multiple outfits. One of my go-to color combinations for fall is black, white and brown and this layering poncho is the perfect accessory.

My next Banana Republic fall style outfit is this purple tweed blazer. The purple is the perfect punch of color for fall, not too strong and blends well with fall colors. The tweed brings great texture to your outfit. With blazers I like to mix it up by wearing a collared chambray or plaid underneath paired with a statement necklace. Keep it casual by wearing your blazer with a dark denim. This Banana Republic extra dark skinny jean is a MUST for all wardrobes. You will never find a more flattering pant than an extra dark skinny jean. Trust. 

Shop my favorite fall items using the widget below or head to Banana Republic where you can pick up these items and more.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sam's Club Hair Collection Game Changer

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

Let's be real - four kids and the beginning of the school year has me spinning. I remember a friend once describing that having three kids is like drowning, and then someone adds you another kid. I remember laughing at the sentiment and now I totally get it. Our days are consumed with activities and errands from morning until night. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade it for anything. There is absolutely nothing I love more than being able to take care of my family. However, I am constantly on the hunt for how to make my life easier and simpler for myself and my family. One of the ways I do that is buy shopping in bulk at stores like Sam's Club. I like that you can get everything you need, all in one place. Additionally, they offer premium Unilever hair care club-sized packs that will keep us looking our best without spending a fortune. And have you heard about the new Scan and Go App and Club Pickup? Total game changers. Seriously.

I cannot stress to you how much I LOVE the convenience that Sam's Club is offering to shoppers. Simply download the app and no more waiting in line! Wait, what?! No more lines? That is like saying French Fries don't have calories. It is just too good to be true. Let me assure you, this Scan and Go App seriously offers LINE FREE shopping! Once you download the app you scan the barcodes as you shop. Once you are done shopping you checkout online quickly and easily with your card (that you can keep on file) and you show your screen as the receipt once you exit. Easy, right?

I told you. Game Changer.

Now that there are no more lines, let's talk about hair care for a family of six. That sounds crazy because I never thought I would be the person talking about hair care for a family of six and yet here I am. The older my kids get the more they want to use the 'good' products - meaning anything that mom and dad use. They somehow instinctually know that whatever we choose for ourselves is the better item (but let's be honest, it usually is!). That's why Nexxus at Sam's Club is a life saver. I absolutely adore the way my hair feels thanks to the Nexxus products. Being able to buy them in bulk saves me the worry of the kids using too much. We can all affordably use the Nexxus products thanks to the premium club-sized packs that Sam's offers. You can also never worry about running out of hair care products again thanks to the Sam's Club subscription program. you can get Unilever haircare products on a regular basis delivered to your door. Head to Sam's and pick out the items you want to schedule for delivery. Select your frequency of product delivery and sit back and relax. Items will be shipped to you directly. No more running out of product, which as a family of six we have been known to do a time or two.

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Nexxus hair products feel so good for your hair. The Nexxus Therappe Shampoo replenishes hair fiber for Ultimate Moisture. The salon crafted caviar and protein complex helps hair retain that moisture for up to 24 hours. The silicone free formula helps restore hair flexibility and retain natural movement. The Nexxus Humectress Conditioner is seriously the bomb. I love using it in my daughters' hair when it is tangled and unruly. This deeply moisturizing conditioner adds moisture and smooths hair. This salon quality condition helps restore hair's lost nutrients.

So good.

Easy shopping, good hair - what more could you ask for?


Summertime Style With Ben Bridge Jewelry

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ben Bridge Jeweler for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Toscano Openwork Bead & Tassel Necklace

There's just something about an accessory, am I right?! It can complete an outfit, it can tie an outfit together, it can glam something up or dress something down. A piece of jewelry has the power to create an impact and define a style. As a mother our time is limited and often that means we leave the least amount of time for ourselves. I am a firm believer in the idea of taking just a moment before leaving the house and selecting a necklace, earrings or maybe just some bracelets to help me not only complete my outfit but also to make me feel my best. 

Let's be real, when you look good, you feel good. That has always been true for me. Of course there are days where I don't have the energy to get 'dressed' and I end up spending the day in my scrubbies, but when I take the time to pick out an outfit and accessorize I feel great. Something as simple as a tassel necklace (one of my go-to favorites) and a subtle pair of earrings, or skip the subtle and go for statement. Whichever I choose I feel confident when I take those few minutes to take care of myself.

I put together this post in partnership with Ben Bridge jewelry. Ben Bridge curates collections of quality jewelry made to withstand the trials of everyday life. By purchasing only exceptional metals and gemstones, Ben Bridge ethically sources these items from their countries of origin. They work with accomplished artisans to create their exclusive collections and they only carry pieces from select brands who have been similarly recognized for their level of craftsmanship.

I love that the jewelry featured in this photos are great for any life moment. Whether I am playing outside with my kiddos or dressing up for a date with my husband, these gorgeous pieces of jewelry can amp up an outfit but have the quality to withstand life with kids. When it comes to shopping for jewelry I want to know that I can wear it without stressing that it may get damaged by my little sweethearts. I may be projecting a bit of blame on them when in reality I can be a bit harsh on jewelry myself. I have a tendency to tackle projects and realize a little too late that it may have been wiser to remove my jewelry first. I rest easy with this Ben Bridge jewelry knowing it can withstand 'life'. 

In addition to the durability of the jewelry let's take a moment to recognize just how gorgeous it is. With a wide variety of styles available there is something to suit everyone regardless of your personal taste. Ben Bridge creates beautiful, quality jewelry worthy of your everyday life.

Diamond Circle Pendant

Diamond Bolo Bracelet Diamond Bangle

For more details or information on how to purchase, be sure to visit Ben Bridge Jeweler.


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