Lifestyle | Lab Grab Skin Care

It might seem like an exaggeration to say that I have the most sensitive skin ever.  However, when you've experienced blemishes for repeated years, it can begin to feel very frustrating.  For the last 2 years, I've worked to clear my skin with healthy, replenishing products.  Products that pour nutrients into my skin instead of stripping my skin.  I did a ton of research and took risks by putting oils on my skin and cleaning my skin with oil-based products.  Much to my surprise, it worked.  My skin started healing from the inside out and I no longer deal with cystic acne day after day.

With that little bit of background in place, you can imagine how cautious I was to try any product other than my normal Young Living oily routine.  So, when Silk Therapeutics reached out to me about trying some of their new, soon-to-be launched products I was hesitant.  I did my research and asked tons of questions in the process.  I loved their mission and ground-breaking silk technology, so I decided to give it a try.

I was sent the Renewal Eye Cream and Brightening Gel Exfoliant.  These aren't your standard, convenient store products.  These are clinical products that have hours and hours of research behind them.  Not only are they powerful products, but they are sealed with the EWG Skin Deep seal.  That means they are clean and good for your skin.  You can read more about that at EWG.  

I use the gel exfoliant twice/week and notice that my skin is smooth and feels so soft.  I have yet to experience a blemish since it is so gentle and natural and pairs so well with my current oily products.  The eye cream keeps my under-eye area soft and supple.  

Silk Therapeutics is launching their new Lab Grab site tomorrow!  They will have small batches of their innovative skin care available for the masses.  It is an incredible opportunity to get amazing skin products without the boutique prices. They are amazing to work with, so if you have any questions, contact them. :)

Style & Home | Revisiting the Cat Situation

A few months back I shared that we moved our cat inside and that we decided to get a Litter*Robot.  At that time, we had just opened it up and were dreaming of our "litter box cleaning days" being over.  Here we are a few months later and I wanted to hop on and give you a little update as to how things went with the new litter box.  If you missed my first post, find it here.  

I didn't know how Brownie would take to the new litter box, but she didn't hardly skip a beat.  The first day, or two, we kept putting her in the Litter*Robot throughout the day and she eventually figured out that it was her new, permanent box.  

Y'all... I cannot tell you  how much freedom this gives me.  I don't have to worry about my home being smelly.  We can leave Brownie and not have to have a neighbor come tend to her.  I don't have daily litter box duty.  It is wonderful.  

As a minimalist mama, I wouldn't be recommending it if it weren't the bees knees.  If you want to give Litter*Robot a try use this link for $25 your own Litter*Robot.  Take a look at all of the designs.  We have the Open Air, but a different model might be best for your cat.  Enjoy.  

I received an Open Air in exchange for my honest opinion about the product.  
While this post was sponsored, I assure you that this product is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.

Style & Home | Day Date with thredUp

Mark had his work Christmas party last weekend and we planned an entire day date for the two of us.  Sipping coffee, no rushing around, slowly walking through Ikea, and looking at Christmas lights.  We spent years never getting away, just the two of us, so this was a much anticipated treat.  

If I am being honest, the last nine years have been spent filling my drawers with maternity clothes and "easy to nurse in" tops (which I have loved so much- no complaints here). It has only been recently that I have been able to branch out and wear different clothing pieces.  With that said, I don't have a big shopping budget- like at all, so I rely on second hand shops to grab high-quality, gently-used pieces.  

Earlier this year I found thredUp.  It is an online store that specializes in offering second-hand clothing at a fraction of the cost.  I have received several items from thredUp and have been extremely pleased with the quality.  Some of the items even have tags still on them.  

For our day date, I wanted to be casual, but still feel stylish.  It's cold here and I knew I would need a jacket pretty much the entire day, so I grabbed this sweet leather coat from thredUp (brand: Kut from the Kloth).  It is normally over $100, but I got it for more than half-off of the retail price.  Y'all, you cannot even tell this isn't brand new.  There's no pilling or wear marks on the leather.  It fits great and I loved having a cuter coat to wear on our date.  :) 

I reached out to thredUp and they have a deal for you if you want to grab some pieces for your Christmas wardrobe.  You can get H &M clothing for up to 50% off (discount is up to $50 off of the total price of your order).  Head here to see the items they have (there are some really cute dresses and coats available) and use the code HANDM50 to grab your 50% off!  Enjoy!!! 

Style & Home | Making a Cat Look Easy

I know you never thought you'd see me blogging about a litter box, but y'all... this is a blog-worthy litter box.  Just hang with me. ;) 

You all know that I have four kids.  Four.  Enough to keep me busy. So, when this little kitty purred her way into my heart and circumstances forced us to make her an inside cat, I had think about what having an inside cat meant for my workload.  I know it sounds silly, but when I'm schooling kids, cleaning a home, cooking, wiping bottoms, laundry (mountains of laundry), and trying to run an at-home business I need to make sure that I don't add anything that requires too much of me.  

The part I was most concerned about was the litter box process.  I have a toddler.  I don't want to clean up a litter box, too.  When I say this litter box revolutionizes having an inside cat- I totally mean it.  The Litter*Robot is an amazing litter box that cleans itself.  Seriously... you set the timer and it spins and dumps the dirty litter in the filtered drawer below.  If your cat is 5 lbs, the Litter*Robot will sense the cat and empty the litter box once the cat leaves the Open Air.  That means that your house doesn't smell, you don't have to clean a box every day, AND your cat isn't walking in a dirty box and then trotting across the floor that your toddler eats off of.  Ahhhh!!!!

Another thing I was concerned about was having a litter box where it could be seen.  The Litter*Robot tucks away in the corner and the litter is covered, so it isn't such an eye sore.  I am one happy cat-mama and Brownie is one happy cat.  

We have the Open Air Litter*Robot and it has all of the features one could want.  If you have a cat and want a "hands free" approach to keeping your cat happy, I'd highly suggest checking it out.  Use this link to grab $25 off of your own Litter*Robot.  Let me know if you snag one!!!  I'd love to know what you think of it (I am sure you will love it, though). :)

Style & Home | Shop Small this Christmas

I love Target as much as the next person.  Seriously, I can't go in that store without coming out with an entire house worth of goodies.  With that said, when it comes to gifts and filling my home, I find that shopping small is always the best policy.  It's a simple way to help another family out and get gifts that are made with exceptional attention to detail.  I love handmade shops so, so much and I decided to carry on my tradition of sharing a few of my favorites from this past year to help inspire you with your Christmas shopping.

Mel and her father-in-law create amazing and beautiful pieces together in their spare time.  Mel is the mama to 3 little ones that she homeschools.  I love anything with natural elements and W+B's products are so creative and well made.  If you have a hostess or kitchen dweller in your inner circle, these products will be loved and cherished.

Ruby, and sweet teen, runs her etsy shop and offers all kinds of macrame goodness.  I have several of her macrame planters and they are THE. BEST.  I have bought other holders and they do not compare.  She also creates wall hangings and necklaces with her macrame skills. 

Krista is a maker-mama who spends hours perfecting her wooden art.  When I first saw her pieces, I instantly fell in love and wanted a piece in my own home.  Actually, I want a piece in every room in my home.  She has goods of all sizes and I love that they are a minimalist, yet beautiful focal point in a room.

It's true, I love the southwestern flare that animal prints can add to a home.  My home is bright and white and I was needing the perfect pieces to warm it up a bit.  When I commissioned Rachel Ottmann about creating a few pieces for me, I was blown away by the result.  Pictures do not do her prints justice- at all.  She is a mama who does photography on the side and you will love her cattle and horse prints. 

This roundup wouldn't be complete without some Vol25 art.  I have almost wallpapered my home in Jessica's art.  It is beautiful and creative and I love the splash of texture her prints add to our home.  I first saw the Vol25 art last fall and quickly put two hangings on my Christmas list with exclamation points following them because I wanted them so badly.  Luckily, they were under the tree and my obsession has only grown for this handmade shop.  Check her out and let me know what you grab from her shop!

My babes hang out in their jammies far too often.  Here's why... jammies are comfy and cozy.  When I saw Mallory's rompers, I knew Julia needed to have one for Christmas.  r/r has tons of soft, cozy jammies, dresses, leggings, and rompers for little of all ages.  Make sure you dress your kiddos in r/r style this winter. 

I hope you enjoyed this handmade round-up.  I know I'm pretty quiet on here, but if you like knowing what shops/products I'm loving, let me know and I will do more of these posts.  :)  If there's something else you are wanting me to feature in a post, comment and I will do my best to blog it for you. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Homeschool | Creative Messes

Sometimes, every class needs to break from the usual grind and have some fun.  We have a pretty steady schedule here at home and today I felt like our hearts all needed a bit of creativity thrown in.  We made homemade slime, which is different from the slime I played with as a kid.  This slime was a solid when it was on the counter and when we held it, it ran through our hands like water.  We were constantly amazed at how it felt so solid when we squeezed it and then it dripped like a liquid onto the counter.  

It was so easy to make (1 part water to 1 part corn starch) and you should try it with your kids.  Mine were enthralled with it for at least 40 minutes.  That means that the mess was totally worth making if it kept them occupied for that long. :)

Let me know if you try this, or if you have a different recipe that I need to try.

Homemade Slime Recipe:

1 cup water
1 cup corn starch

Mix with hands until combined.  Play and have fun!

Home | Framebridge

I have a white house.  It is bright and airy and I love waking up in this space so much.  With the cooler temperatures coming and all of the lovely fall season happenings, I wanted some art to warm up the walls a tad.  I see wall collages and love them.  I gather supplies to create one for myself and it looks like a kid threw it together.  I am much better off having one or two large statement pieces and leaving it at that.  

I commissioned a talented photographer friend to snap some livestock photos for me.  When she sent me the shots, my jaw dropped.  They are so beautiful and fit my home to a T.  The only trouble... I couldn't have beautiful prints and put them in yucky frames.  I also didn't want to drive to a store with four kiddos and pick out frames, so Framebridge came to my rescue.  I sent them some shots of my home and the photos and they helped a sister out.  

The Framebridge process was so simple and quick.  You can shoot them your digital file and they will print, frame, and ship your art.  I had my prints, so they sent me a photo tube (with paid shipping) to place my prints in.  I shipped them off and waited (im)patiently for my art to arrive.  It was so easy and the frames compliment my prints so well.  I am smitten- truly.  

If you are in love with the horses... there's so much more for you to choose from.  Rachel Ottmann Photography has cattle, too.  If you are in the market for frames and want an easy fix for your prints, check out Framebridge.  You can get some inspiration from their blog if you need to see it before you buy it.  

They are offering 15% off of your first frame order by using THEQUICKJOURNEY15.

This post is sponsored by Framebridge, but ALL opinions are my own.